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By On This Day in NYC's History

THE MANDELAS LANDED IN NYC

On June 20th, 1990: Anti-apartheid revolutionary and former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela and his then wife, Winnie Mandela, arrived in NYC. Mandela had been released from his 27-year imprisonment in South Africa’s Rivonia Trial just a few months prior to when New Yorkers celebrated his coming. After being showered with emotional cheers and confetti, Mandela made a few poignant remarks at his City Hall welcoming ceremony; “South Africa will be free,” assured Mandela, “the struggle continues.”

Image Courtesy of Art Blart

Image Courtesy of Art Blart

FLOYD PATTERSON DEFENDED HIS TITLE

On June 20th, 1960: Floyd Patterson became the first boxer in history to regain the Undisputed World Heavyweight Championship when he knocked out Ingemar Johansson in the fifth round of their rematch. A highly decorated boxer, at 21, Patterson became the then youngest man ever to win the title. He also won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympics as a middleweight. Patterson ended his career with a record of 55 wins, 8 losses and 1 draw, with 40 wins by knockout.

BORN ON THIS DAY: MALIVAI WASHINGTON

On June 20th, 1969: Former professional tennis player MaliVai Washington was born. Washington reached the Men’s Singles final at the 1996 Wimbledon Championships, where he won four titles and achieved a singles ranking of World No. 11, his career high.

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Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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