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Nelson Mandela Inaugurated as South Africa's First Black President

Mandela served as the first democratically elected President of South Africa (1994-1999). His political activism began in the early 1950s with a commitment to non-violent mass struggle. Later, his anti-apartheid activities resulted in his imprisonment for nearly 30 years. Released in 1990, he was elected president of the African National Congress and represented it in the turbulent negotiations that led to the establishment of majority rule. With whom did he share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize?




In Arthurian legend, Merlin is the magician, seer, and teacher at the court of King Vortigern and later at the court of King Arthur. He was a bard and culture hero in early Celtic folklore, and his legend is related in Vita Merlini by the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth. Geoffrey combined existing stories of what two characters to form the figure he called "Merlin Ambrosius"?

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J. M. Barrie

Sir James Matthew Barrie was a Scottish novelist and dramatist best known for creating the character Peter Pan, whom he based on his friends, the Llewelyn-Davies boys. Educated at Dumfries Academy and Edinburgh University, he became a journalist and, later, a celebrated novelist who counted Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy amongst his friends and acquaintances. Why was Barrie disappointed with the statue of Peter Pan erected in Kensington Gardens, London?

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