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1948: Winning the national election, the Na­tional Party institutes a system of apartheid, officially segregating the black majority from the white minority.

Today: Nelson Mandela, having served twenty-seven years in prison, is sworn in as the Presi­dent of South Africa in 1994. In 1996 he signs the new Constitution which, among other things, guarantees equal treatment before the law for all citizens-black or white.

1948: Those in opposition to Apartheid policies take hope in a brighter future by singing Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika.

Today: The anthem of hope, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika, has become the national anthem of South Africa.

1948: The British Empire is crumbling as for­mer colonies declare independence.

Today: The Soviet Union has collapsed and its republics have declared independence.

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