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  • Russia
    Wednesday Feb 7, 1990

    Dissolution of the Soviet Union

    Monopoly on political power

    Russia
    Wednesday Feb 7, 1990

    On February 7, 1990, the Central Committee of the CPSU accepted Gorbachev's recommendation that the party give up its monopoly on political power.




  • Cape Town, South Africa
    Sunday Feb 11, 1990

    Nelson Mandela

    Mandela's Release

    Cape Town, South Africa
    Sunday Feb 11, 1990

    Leaving Victor Verster Prison on 11 February, Mandela held Winnie's hand in front of amassed crowds and the press; the event was broadcast live across the world.Driven to Cape Town's City Hall through crowds, he gave a speech declaring his commitment to peace and reconciliation with the white minority, but made it clear that the ANC's armed struggle was not over, and would continue as "a purely defensive action against the violence of apartheid". He expressed hope that the government would agree to negotiations, so that "there may no longer be the need for the armed struggle", and insisted that his main focus was to bring peace to the black majority and give them the right to vote in national and local elections.




  • Rome, Italy
    Thursday Feb 15, 1990

    Galileo Galilei

    Speech delivered at the Sapienza University of Rome

    Rome, Italy
    Thursday Feb 15, 1990

    On 15 February 1990, in a speech delivered at the Sapienza University of Rome, Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) cited some current views on the Galileo affair as forming what he called "a symptomatic case that permits us to see how deep the self-doubt of the modern age, of science and technology goes today".




  • Torre Annunziata, Italy
    Tuesday Feb 20, 1990

    Ciro Immobile

    Birth

    Torre Annunziata, Italy
    Tuesday Feb 20, 1990

    Born in Torre Annunziata, in the province of Naples, Immobile began his youth career in the football school "Torre Annunziata '88", before transferring to "Maria Rosa" and finally the youth team of Salernitana, where, however, he failed to emerge.




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