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This Day in History for February 11 – Mandela Released from Prison and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1531 – Henry VIII is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England (More info)

1916 – Emma Goldman, a crusader for women’s rights and social justice, is arrested in New York City for lecturing and distributing materials about birth control (More info)

1937 – A sit-down strike ends when General Motors recognizes the United Auto Workers Union (More info)

1942 – The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ (More info)

1990 – Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, is released from prison after 27 years (More info)

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