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Today in history: Mandela's release announced

On February 2, 1990, the head of South Africa's government announced that anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela would be freed after 27 years in prison. Nine days after that announcement, history was made. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell shares the story.

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