Part of the reason the celebrations for Nelson Mandela have been so grand, that the crowds have been so big, is the fact that just a few weeks ago it seemed difficult for many South Africans to even contemplate the anti-apartheid leader celebrating his 95th birthday.
There is a real party mood in Pretoria with perhaps 1,000 people outside the gates of Mandela's hospital for what is the world's biggest birthday celebration.
Winnie Mandela, Nelson's ex-wife, came to the gates of the hospital and she thanked people for their support, for the flowers and all the cards and she gave a very positive assessment of his health - an assessment reflected by many members of his family.
More top news
Yorkshire Water says the tap water in Thorne, near Doncaster, is still not fit to drink after a contamination scare.
In December 2012, gunman Adam Lanza shot dead 20 children and six teachers in the Connecticut school, before turning the gun on himself.
The study, conducted by the European Banking Authority, looked at how much capital would be used up in adverse economic conditions.