On this day in 1990 Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years of captivity. Radio Diaries has a 5 part series, Mandela: An Audio History, done by Joe Richman, which includes a cool audio time line. And here is Richman talking about the project for the (recently canceled) NPR program News and Notes last December.
On this day in 1847. Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio. "Earliest Voices," an audio gallery from the Vincent Voice Library, has his earliest recording from 1878. Lots of rare, old recordings in this collection.
Producer: Joe Richman