Top 10 at 10: 10 Ways Nelson Mandela Changed History

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Mandela Takes a Bow  	In June of 1999, the oldest elected president of South Africa retires from the presidency and continues his involvement in different social and human rights initiatives.  He was succeeded by Thabo Mbeki.  A few years later, in 2004, he vows to step out of the public sphere.

Mandela Takes a Bow In June of 1999, the oldest elected president of South…

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA: Outgoing South African President Nelson Mandela (R) waves as he arrives for the inauguration of Thabo Mbeki (R) as second democratically elected President of the Republic of South Africa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, 16 June 1999. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)