Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years
Date: 11 February, 1990
On this day, Nelson Mandela was released unconditionally from prison after 27 years.
On the balcony of the City Hall he spoke to a crowd of approximately 50,000 people, who had waited for hours to see him.
He started by expressing his sincere and warmest gratitude to the "millions of my compatriots and those in every corner of the globe who have campaigned tirelessly for my release".
U.S. has Mandela on terrorist list
WASHINGTON — Nobel Peace Prize winner and international symbol of freedom Nelson Mandela is flagged on U.S. terrorist watch lists and needs special permission to visit the USA.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls the situation "embarrassing," and some members of Congress vow to fix it.
Because of this, Rice told a Senate committee recently, her department has to issue waivers for ANC members to travel to the USA.