Fact Check-Berlin Wall milestone passed in 2018

Social media posts have been saying we have now reached the point where the Berlin Wall has been down for as long as it stood. But their calculations are wrong: that symmetrical milestone passed in February 2018.

One post published on Facebook on Feb. 13, 2022 reads: “The Berlin wall stood for 10,316 days…Today it has now been GONE for 10,316 days!!” (here)

More examples from this month can be seen (here) and (here).

After midnight on Aug 13, 1961, troops begin erecting what East German leader East German leader Walter Ulbricht called an “anti-fascist protection barrier” (here). The wall was breached on Nov. 9, 1989 (here).

If you start counting another 10,316 days on that day, you reach Feb. 5, 2018.

Many media organizations documented the milestone at the time (here), (here), (here), (here), and (here).


False. The date commemorating the 10,316 days since the Berlin Wall was torn down occurred in February 2018, not 2022.

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