Reagan's 100th birthday: 10 defining moments

American's 40th president, Ronald Reagan, would have turned 100 on Sunday.

9. 'Tear down this wall' (June 12, 1987)

President Reagan has a word with Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London on June 7, 1984. Thatcher was one of Reagan's most important partners during the cold war.

At the height of the cold war, Reagan spoke in front of the Berlin Wall and challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”

The speech didn’t make a lot of waves at the time. It wasn’t until two years later – when the wall came down – that people recognized it as significant.

"It emerged out of the dust, so to speak, and people were saying, 'Look at that. Ronald Reagan foresaw this. He was the one to give it its last push,' " John Kornblum, the ranking American diplomat in Berlin, told USA Today in 2007.

In the speech, Reagan argued that the US arms buildup was what would make peace negotiations possible, because the US would be coming to the table from a position of strength.

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