Happy Freedom Day, South Africa!

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President Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, the ANC president at the time, became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. This year's Freedom Day is the country's first without Mandela, who died in December 2013 at the age of 95.

(Photo: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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