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This year sees the centenary of the start of the First World War, Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, and the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But there are also significant anniversaries of a host of great composers, musicians and actors. Here are 30 dates in chronological order to put in your diary.
The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago on 9 November 1989, but the Wall in its entirety was not torn down immediately. On 11 November, Mstislav Rostropovich staged an impromptu performance of Bach's cello suites at the frontier. Then, on Christmas Day 1989, Leonard Bernstein gave a concert in Berlin celebrating the end of the Wall, including Beethoven's 9th symphony, with the word "Joy" in the Ode to Joy (Freude) changed to "Freedom" (Freiheit)
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