Today in World History: March 17th

On this day in 1992, the white population of South Africa went to the polls, and changed the history of the country as they voted to end apartheid in their home land. After decades of struggles to end the system, which had been in use in 1948, the population chose to move forward with President F. W. de Klerk’s plans, allowing the work of activists such as Nelson Mandela to come to fruition. The referendum also largely brought an end to the violent clashes between the white and black populations of South Africa, with 68.73% supporting the ending of the system. The referendum allowed South Africa to keep modernizing its nation, allowing tourism and its economy to thrive as people no longer feared the violence of the country.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

-Nelson Mandela

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