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Nelson Mandela is free
Africa Leading antiapartheid campaigner, 71 year-old Nelson Mandela, appeared
at the gates of Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl at 4:14PM local time, with his
wife, Winnie, by his side.
For most of his 27 year sentence he had been detained at Robben Island, off Cape
Town, serving hard labor. During this time no pictures of him were allowed which
meant that the world press didn't know what he looked like.
Mandela, the deputy-president of the ANC, then traveled to Cape Town where, at
8pm local time, he made a speech to a crowd of 50,000.
struggle has reached a decisive moment. Our march to freedom is irreversible."
is the time to intensify the struggle on all fronts. To relax now would be a mistake
which future generations would not forgive."
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Legend has it that The Virgin Mary appears to St
France 14 year old peasant girl Marie-Bernarde Soubirous claims to have seen
the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. There were to be 18 apparitions in
all, in which the Virgin Mary is said to have revealed herself as the Immaculate
Conception and asked that a chapel be built on the site of the vision. It
is said that the Virgin Mary told Marie-Bernarde to drink from a fountain in the
grotto, which she found by digging into the earth.
was treated harshly by the authorities, who challenged her story, and a disbelieving
public. She was to eventually enter the convent of Notre Dame de Nevers, where
she would die of ill health at the age of 35.
site of this alleged manifestation has become one of the most famous Christian
shrines. Marie-Bernarde Soubirous was canonized in 1933 as St Bernadette. The
water in the grotto is still believed to have curative powers.
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Bobby 'Boris' Pickett
The first ever simultaneous radio broadcast on all three US networks was of a
charity concert from Radio City for the American National Red Cross
Jack Paar walks off The Tonight Show (on which he was the host) to protest at
the show being censored. Management had, earlier in the year, decided that the
show was to be recorded before being shown, which allowed for the program to be
The Beatles record their first album, Please Please Me
Challenger 4 is the first space shuttle to land on the runway at Kennedy Space
Center in Florida.