Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela Full Name: Nelson Mandela
Nationality: South African

Profession: Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Why Famous: Often referred to as the father of the nation by South Africans, Nelson Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist and politician who served 27 years in prison. After being freed in 1990 he became the President of the African National Congress (1991-97) before being elected the first black President of his country in a fully multiracial election in 1994.

For his activism, he received over 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Order of Lenin.

Born: July 18, 1918
Star Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mvezo, Umtatu, South Africa

Died: December 5, 2013 (aged 95)
Cause of Death: Lung infection

Married Life

  • 1958-06-14 Nelson Mandela weds Winnie Madikizela
  • 1992-04-13 Nelson Mandela announces he will seek divorce from Winnie
  • 1996-03-19 Winnie Mandela divorces Nelson Mandela after 38 years of marrage
  • 1998-07-18 Nelson Mandela marries 3rd wife Graça Machel on his 80th birthday

Historical Events in the Life of Nelson Mandela

  • 1952-06-26 Nelson Mandela & 51 others infringe South Africa curfew
  • 1956-12-06 Nelson Mandela & 156 others arrested for political activities in S Africa
  • 1961-03-29 After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason in Pretoria
  • 1962-08-04 Nelson Mandela captured by South African police
  • 1962-08-05 Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement and for illegally leaving South Africa
  • 1963-10-20 South Africa begins trial of Nelson Mandela & 8 others on conspiracy
  • 1964-06-12 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa
  • 1964-07-17 ANC leader Nelson Mandela, recently sentenced to life imprisonment, is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace
  • 1980-06-13 UN Security Council calls for South Africa to free Nelson Mandela
  • 1984-05-12 South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years
  • 1985-01-31 South African President PW Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence
  • 1988-08-12 Nelson Mandela is treated for tuberculosis at hospital
  • 1988-12-06 Nelson Mandela is transferred to Victor Vester Prison, Capetown
  • 1989-05-17 Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa
  • 1989-07-05 South African President PW Botha visits ANC leader Nelson Mandela
  • 1990-02-02 South Africa's Pres FW de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela & legalizes ANC & 60 other political orgs
  • 1990-02-10 South African President de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will be freed on Feb 11th
  • 1990-02-11 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
  • 1990-06-05 South African troops plunder Nelson Mandela's home
  • 1990-06-20 Nelson Mandela lands in NYC to begin a tour of US
  • 1990-06-22 Nelson Mandela addresses the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid in New York, saying that nothing has occurred in South Africa to reverse the ANC's position
  • 1990-06-23 African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, on a US tour, receives a tumultuous welcome in Boston.
  • 1990-06-25 African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela meets with President George H. W. Bush at the White House
  • 1990-08-16 South African President F. W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela hold emergency talks in Pretoria about increasing violence in Soweto
  • 1990-12-13 South African President De Klerk meets with Nelson Mandela to talk of end of apartheid
  • 1991-01-29 Nelson Mandela and Mangosuthu Buthelezi meet after 28 years
  • 1991-06-26 ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses congress
  • 1991-09-05 Nelson Mandela chosen as president of African National Congress
  • 1992-06-30 South African ANC President Nelson Mandela meets with UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali at Dakar
  • 1992-07-27 Nelson Mandela says a general strike will go ahead to protest for the removal of President De Klerk from power and for free elections
  • 1993-10-15 Nelson Mandela & South Africa President F W de Klerk awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1994-03-07 ANC chief Nelson Mandela rejects demand by white right-wingers for separate homeland in South Africa
  • 1994-05-06 Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election
  • 1994-05-10 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president
  • 1994-08-15 South African President Nelson Mandela receives Anne Frank Penning
  • 1994-10-01 South African President Nelson Mandela visits US
  • 1996-07-07 Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa
  • 1998-07-12 Pres. Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London
  • 1998-08-11 Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela
  • 2004-07-17 Former South African President Nelson Mandela calls for commitment by the world to take action against Aids

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