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Dr. Christian Barnard, along with a team of Cardiac Surgeons, performed the world’s first successful human heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa. The patient, Louis Washkansky, a grocer survived for 18 days after the operation and died of Pneumonia.

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Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk Celebrate the End of South African Apartheid. F.W. de Klerk became president of South Africa in Knowing reform was necessary, he legalized the ANC, repealed segregation laws, and released Mandela in