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Nelson Mandela Is Free

As a young man, Mandela was an active opponent of South Africa's apartheid regime. Initially committed to non-violent struggle, he became the leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress after the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, when police opened fire on several thousand protesters. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, but international pressure led to his release in 1990. Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected his country's first black president in what year?

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Tyne Bridge

The Tyne Bridge is a compression arch suspended-deck bridge over the River Tyne, in northeastern England, near the site of the earliest bridge built there by the Romans. The design of the bridge was based on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which in turn derived its design from New York's Hell Gate Bridge. The plan for the bridge was approved in 1924, and it was officially opened in 1928 by King George V. What parts of the bridge were never completed and remain unused?

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Manuel Noriega

Noriega was a Panamanian general and the country's de facto military leader (1983-1989). Initially an ally of the US and in the employ of the CIA, he fell out of favor when his policies began defying the interests of the US. He was then forced to flee Panama when the US invaded the country after a marine was shot and killed there. He was captured, put on trial for drug trafficking, and imprisoned on American soil in 1992. What date does the Federal Bureau of Prisons give for his release?

Last updated on Sunday, 11th February 2007

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