AIRLIFT . Why in Berlin? The Blockade international crisis | On This Day – 30th September |

On This Day – 30th September . First hydroelectric power plant. Berlin Blockade. Premiere of The Flintstones. Botswana & diamonds. Nuclear War. California. First Apache attack helicopter

In 1882, the world’s first hydroelectric power plant began operating in Appleton, Wisconsin.
It was called The Vulcan Street Plant and it was the first Edison hydroelectric central station.

In 1949 Berlin Blockade ends. The Blockade was an international crisis where the Soviet Union blocked access of Western countries into Berlin.

Do you know how the western countries managed to transport cargo to West Berlin?

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After the Second World war ended, Germany’s capital, Berlin, was divided into four occupation zones.
France occupied the northwest, U.K. managed the mid-west, U.S. was in the southwest and the Soviet Union got the entire eastern side of Berlin.
On 24th June 1948, the Soviet Union blocked access to all three Western-held sectors of Berlin.
They did this by cutting off all rail and road routes going through Soviet-controlled territory. Routes by river and canal to the Baltic Sea were blocked also.
Therefore, in order to avoid a new conflict, the commander of United States Air Forces in Europe decided to have an airlift.
The first flight of the airlift carried 80 tons of cargo including milk, flour, and medicine.
A lot of cargo had to be flown into Berlin so aircrafts took off every three minutes.

In 1960 the Premiere of The Flintstones was aired.
The animated series quickly became a hit and It ran for 6 years.
It was set in the stone age and it detailed the lives of the Flintstone and Rubble families.
The first two seasons were co-sponsored by an American cigarettes producer and the characters appeared in several black-and-white television commercials for tobacco.

In 1966 Botswana gained independence from the United Kingdom. Botswana is Africa’s longest surviving democracy

In 1971 The Soviet Union and the United States signed the Agreement to Reduce Risk of Nuclear War.
The pact was aimed at avoiding an accidental nuclear war.

In 1976 California enacted the Natural Death Act of California. The law was the first example of right-to-die legislation in the U.S.

In 1983 The first Apache attack helicopter was rolled out by Hughes Helicopters.
It was later produced by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company and now by Boeing.
Apache is one of the few helicopters in the world that can attack an enemy in any weather or any situation, and it is called the flying tank.

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