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This Happened

This Happened - February 11: Walk To Freedom

Nelson Mandela was released from prison on this day in 1990.


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Why was Nelson Mandela imprisoned?

Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for his role in the resistance against the South African government's system of apartheid, a system of racial segregation and discrimination. He was arrested in 1962 and charged with sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Who was the President of South Africa when Nelson Mandela was released from prison?

F.W. de Klerk was the President of South Africa when Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

How was Nelson Mandela received upon his release?

Nelson Mandela was greeted as a hero upon his release, with thousands of people gathering to celebrate his freedom. His release was seen as a significant step towards the end of apartheid and the beginning of a new era in South African history.

What role did Nelson Mandela play in the post-apartheid South Africa?

After his release, Nelson Mandela played a key role in the negotiations to end apartheid and the establishment of a democratic government in South Africa. He later served as the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He is widely regarded as the father of the nation and a symbol of reconciliation and forgiveness.

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Italian Coffee, Full Circle: Starbucks Marks Five Years In Italy

It has been five years since Starbucks first opened in Milan, where the company's CEO first got the idea that the world wanted quality coffee. Today they set their sights not on retreat but expansion. The path ahead in this mecca for "caffé" for the Seattle-based coffee shop is a rosy one.

A photograph of customers and staff inside of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan

October 3, 2019: Customers line up to order drinks at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan

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Nicola Grolla

MILAN — It's been five years since Starbucks' debut in Italy, and there is still a line to enter the Reserve Roastery. Inside the former Post Office building in Milan, the brand is celebrating an important anniversary, which tastes like 100% Arabica coffee, and a bet won: they have managed to sell coffee to Italians. Not just any coffee, but a flat white.

This is perhaps the greatest achievement in the company's partnership with the Percassi Group, which is responsible for developing a network that will reach 37 or 38 stores by the end of the year (the next eagerly awaited stop: Naples).

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In the meantime, to celebrate, a rich schedule of events has kicked off (until Oct. 1st). On the program are tastings, workshops, blues concerts and events during Milan Fashion Week. It's all organized to give an idea of the connection achieved between Italy and the American brand.

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