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Autumn of change

The year that communism cracked

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  • Europe transformed in 1989 as wave of revolutions swept through Eastern Bloc
  • Solidarity success in Poland, opening of Hungarian border triggered upheaval
  • East Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia also abandoned communism
  • Year's notable events also included Tiananmen massacre, death of Ayatollah
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