On this day: June 24

Published On: Jun 21 2013 10:57:25 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 24 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

A 19-year-old Pablo Picasso opens his first major exhibition, Mark Pickford becomes the first million-dollar actress, the Soviets begin their blockade of Berlin, Lynyrd Skynyrd releases "Sweet Home Alabama," and Mark Sanford comes clean, all on this day.

OTD June 24 - Berlin blockade
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1948: In what became known as the Berlin blockade, the Soviet Union blocks the Western Allies' railway, road and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Allied control. In response, the Western Allies organized the Berlin airlift to carry supplies to the people in West Berlin. The airlift proved a success and the blockade was lifted in May 1949, but the early Cold War events directly led to the creation of two separate German states.

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