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Definines the city as part of the Federal Republic of Germany.
After 321 days of operation, the Berlin Airlift successfully sustained life in West Berlin and overcame politically charged Soviet import regulations. The 276,926th and final flight of the airlift arrives in Berlin.
USSR lifted the barriers of the Berlin Blockade. After 321 days of operation, the collaborated US and Royal Air Forces flew a total of 2.3 million tons of provisions into Berlin, qualifying the Berlin Airlift as the largest and most successful airlift to date.
Most efficient day in the Berlin Airlift; carries over 13,000 tons of cargo, almost tripling the minimum threshold and rivaling land import averages.
U.S. and Western European governments sign the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington. This treaty establishes the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and commits its members to mutual defense in the event of a Soviet attack.
Brings Christmas gifts to 10,000 Berlin children.
Communist mob attacks city hall in E. Berlin, officials flee, protesters "demand a uniform currency and administration, the withdrawal of occupation forces from Berlin and Germany, the end of "bankrupt Magistrate," and a unified Germany" (Truman Library)
Airlift exceeded the 4,500 ton minimum daily threshold. Efficiency continues to increase and the Airlift begins to rival the amount of provisions that land transportations supplied before the blockade, supplementing hope that the blockade was drawing close to an end.
Soviets respond to the airlift by offering West Berliners free food if they transfer to East Berlin.
Bad weather prevents pilots from landing in Berlin, and left the operation in complete chaos when communications failed.
Gail Halvorsen drops over 250,000 candy parachutes to children in Berlin. At first, the operation raised concern, but officers eventually saw Halvorsen's sentimental intentions.
On the first day of the Berlin Airlift, the combined US and Royal Air Forces lifted 500 tons of provisions -- a meager start.
The Soviet Union passed the final land and water communication restrictions, completing the Berlin Blockade.
Western Germany establishes the new Deutsch Mark. Soviets try to prevent the new currency from entering their zone by stopping all travel in and out.
Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill determine post-war occupation of Germany.