This Day in History: February
2: February 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela Freed from Prison
February 11, 1990, may have felt like an ordinary day for many of us, but it marks an extraordinary and often overlooked event in world history. On this date, South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela was freed from prison after 27 years of captivity. Join Professor Douglas Linder, the Elmer Powell Peer Professor of Law at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law, as he walks you through the astounding—and not too distant—story of blatant racism and apartheid, persistence and courage, and how this day in history marked the emergence of a real-life hero who changed our world for the better.
7: February 28, 1953: Watson and Crick Discover the Shape of DNA
The double-helix shape has long been associated with the shape of the DNA molecule, but as Professor Sam Kean notes, its discovery is less than 70 years old. Follow the secret research of biologists James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 as they raced to solve the secret of life.