On this day: February 11

POSTED: 09:59 PM PST Feb 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 10, 2016 

America's first hospital opens, Glenn Miller earns the first gold record, Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years, and Whitney Houston dies, all on this day.

OTD February 11 - Nelson Mandela
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1990: Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa, after 27 years as a political prisoner. Upon his release, Mandela joined negotiations with President F. W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid in South Africa and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he was elected as the country's first black president. He's seen here casting his ballot in 1994, the first time he had voted in his life.


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