The legislature of the German Democratic Republic votes in favour of the unification of the GDR with the Federal Republic of Germany on 3 October 1990 and agrees to hold elections in the unified country on 2 December 1990.
Four GDR citizens escape through the Spree River near the Berlin Reichstag, watched by numerous West Berliners. The crew of the patrol boat that pursues them does not make use of their firearms; all the escapees reach the Western part of the city uninjured.
Former Deputy Fuhrer, Rudolf Hess, 93, dies while serving a life sentence at Spandau Prison in West Berlin. He was the last prisoner and Spandau Prison is soon torn down in an effort to prevent the prison from becoming a Nazi shrine.