Top 10 at 10: 10 Ways Nelson Mandela Changed History

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MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE – JUNE 14: Former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa relaxes while on holiday on June 14, 2006 in Maputo, Mozambique. He is retired and takes time off with his wife Graca Machel in her residence in central Maputo. Mr. Mandela turns 88 on July 18, 2006. The ANC freedom fighter spent 27 years in prison, and was released in 1990. He became President of South Africa after the first multiracial democratic elections in April 1994. Mr. Mandela retired after one term in 1999 and gave the leadership to the current president Mr. Thabo Mbeki. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images)