May Day rally in Berlin, 1948

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Berlin, May 1, 1948: As 200,000 residents of Berlin's Soviet sector gathered a half-mile away at the Lustgarden to celebrate the traditional May Day workers' holiday, this crowd of 120,000 listened to the Western point of view outside the war-torn Reichstag building. Noting that the Communists offered free beer and sausage to their participants (no small favor in postwar Germany), a speaker at the rival gathering said that "here we offer freedom."

Stars and Stripes' coverage of 1948 May Day events in four German cities.

Sean Connery and film crew, 1971

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Frankfurt, West Germany, July, 1971: During a break in the filming of his sixth James Bond film, "Diamonds are Forever," at the Frankfurt airport, actor Sean Connery joins members of the crew in perusing a German magazine.

A 1971 Stars and Stripes story about Sean Connery.

Border guard in Berlin, 1979

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Berlin, July, 1979: An East German soldier peers out of his guard shack at the border between the Eastern and Western portions of Berlin. As the infamous wall that divided the city approached its 18th birthday, there were few indications that it was about to come down; in fact, it took more than another decade for East and West to be reunited.

Stars and Stripes' 1979 story about the Berlin Wall's 18th birthday.

Melvin Laird and Mamie Eisenhower, 1969

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Brussels, Belgium, May, 1969: Former first lady Mamie Eisenhower and Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird pose for a photo as their paths cross in Belgium. Mrs. Eisenhower was visiting her son John, the U.S. Ambassador to Belgium (seen in the background), while Laird was attending a meeting of the NATO Defense Planning Group.

Stars and Stripes' 1969 story about Mrs. Eisenhower's visit to Belgium.

Cattle near Mont St.-Michel, France, 1964

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Normandy, France, April, 1964: Visitors to this pasture on the approach to Mont St.-Michel — the ancient abbey and prime tourist attraction on an island just off the coast of northwestern France — are watched (or ignored) by four-legged residents of the area.

Boxer Floyd Patterson, 1973

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Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany, March, 1973: Two-time world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson gets the VIP treatment as he arrives at Rhein-Main to begin an eight-day USO tour of Army and Air Force bases in Europe. Patterson said he was keeping in shape for a possible return to the ring, but his loss to Muhammad Ali in September, 1972, proved to be his last fight.

Stars and Stripes' 1973 interview with Floyd Patterson.

Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, 1993

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Mogadishu, Somalia, January, 1993: An alert U.S. servicemember rides shotgun as his vehicle moves through the increasingly-dangerous streets of Mogadishu during Operation Restore Hope. A Stars and Stripes reporter said the situation there was "turning sour. The daily grind of serving in Somalia is made even worse by gunfire, unrelenting heat and sun, and thievery and rock throwing by youngsters living in a society robbed of its structure and rules." For example, "several Marines and soldiers have had their glasses, mostly wire-rimmed, taken right off their faces, presumably to be sold for the small amount of scrap wire they provide."

Stars and Stripes' January, 1993 story about the situation in Mogadishu.

Helmut Kohl with Beirut bombing survivor, 1983

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Wiesbaden, Germany, October, 1983: German Chancellor Helmut Kohl shakes hands with U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kevin D. Jiggetts, who was wounded in the Oct. 23 terrorist bombing of a barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, in which 241 American servicemembers (220 of them Marines) were killed. With Kohl on his visit to the U.S. Air Force hospital in Wiesbaden are Marine liaison officer 1st Lt. Charles Evans and, at right, the chancellor's interpreter.

More Stars and Stripes stories from the aftermath of the bombing.

Transatlantic wedding, 1949

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Werheim, Germany, October, 1949: Lisel Moeckel gets married on a transatlantic phone call to U.S. Army Cpl. William R. Walton, who is on the other end of the line in Fort Worth, Tex. Witnessing the ceremony in the bride's home are, left to right, Lutheran Pastor Heinz Wagner; Capt W. R. Hett, 18th Infantry chaplain; and Julius Moeckel, the bride's brother.

Stars and Stripes' 1949 story about the transatlantic wedding.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur at Yokota, 1961

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Yokota Air Base, Japan, July, 1961: Gen. Douglas A. MacArthur, left, is greeted by Brig. Gen. Charles Morhouse, the Fifth Air Force surgeon general, planeside at Yokota. MacArthur was on his way home from a 10-day visit to the Philippines, where millions turned out to welcome the World War II military leader. Seventy years ago this week, MacArthur and his staff waded ashore at Leyte Island in the early stages of the campaign to free the Philippines from Japanese control. "People of the Philippines," he said, "I have returned! By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil."