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The year 1989 reshaped the world. Its news stories - from Tiananmen Square to the fall of the Berlin Wall - are now historical marker posts.


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Twenty years after revolutions swept away communist governments in Central and Eastern Europe, BBC News website readers reflect on what happened in 1989 and how it changed their lives.


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The events of 1989 reshaped the political world, prompting the collapse of Communist governments in Eastern Europe and eventually leading to the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991.


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