Who famously said “Ich bin ein Berliner” on this day in 1963?
John F. Kennedy
Answer: On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave his famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” (“I am a Berliner”) speech in West Berlin. Kennedy used the line twice that day in a historic speech in West Berlin, which was then separated from communist-controlled East Berlin by the Berlin Wall. His intention was to express his solidarity with the people there, by symbolically calling himself a citizen of Berlin. It was a great morale boost for West Berliners, who lived in an enclave deep inside East Germany and feared a possible East German occupation.
John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.
Born: 29 May 1917, Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Assassinated: 22 November 1963, Dallas, Texas, United States
Spouse: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (m. 1953–1963)
Movies: The Age of Kennedy, Part I: The Early Years
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