Today in 1961: The city of Berlin is divided as East Germany seals off the border between the city’s eastern and western sectors in order to halt the flight of economic and political refugees to the West.
Two days later, work began on the Berlin Wall. 96 miles of barbed wire and concrete, the Wall completely surrounded West Berlin and had to be rebuilt three times. The wall stood until 1989.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight is Aging and Alzheimer’s – sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of South Central Wisconsin. Part One is Dane County senior housing and care options. Part Two is Financial Planning. This is free and tonight from 5 to 6:30pm at UW Health East Clinic, Lower level Auditorium, 5249 East Terrace Drive. For more info, call Kari at 608-203-8500.
“Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train”, will be screened tonight at 7pm in the Fountain Back Bar, 122 State Street. This is free and sponsored by “Social Action and Solidarity.” More info at 815-685-8567.
Also tonight, to commemorate the 33rd Anniversary of Lech Walesa’s famous leap over the Gdansk Shipyard fence – the film “Man of Iron” will be shown. The official anniversary is August 14th, so reserve the noon hour Wednesday to join the Solidarity Sing Along at the Capitol. The film is tonight at 7pm at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 South Park Street. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.