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Home Explore the BBC 11 February Search ON THIS DAY by date Front Page |  Years |  Themes |  Witness About This Site | Text Only 1990: Freedom for Nelson Mandela

Leading anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela has been freed from prison in South Africa after 27 years.


1956: 'Cambridge spies' surface in Moscow
Two British diplomats, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, who vanished in mysterious circumstances five years ago re-appear in the Soviet Union.

1979: Victory for Khomeini as army steps aside
Supporters of the Ayatollah Khomeini appear to be in control of the Iranian capital, Tehran tonight.

1976: John Curry skates to Olympic gold
Figure skater John Curry wins Britain's first Olympic gold in the sport - and the country's first medal at the winter games for 12 years.

1975: Tories choose first woman leader
The British Conservative Party chooses Margaret Thatcher as its new leader.

1987: Mrs Payne is no brothel Madam
Party planner Cynthia Payne is acquitted of nine charges of controlling prostitutes at her home in south-west London.
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