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Desmond Tutu

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
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Profession: Anglican Archbishop and Activist

South Africa
South African

Biography: Tutu is a renowned South African Anglican cleric whose staunch opposition to the policies of apartheid in South Africa earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

Tutu's rise to prominence began in 1975 when he became the first black person to be appointed the Anglican dean of Johannesburg.

His political activism has endured long after the end of Apartheid, and Tutu has drawn attention to various social justice issues like HIV/AIDS, poverty, and racism over the years.

Born: October 7, 1931
Birthplace: Klerksdorp, Western Transvaal, South Africa

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Libra

Died: December 26, 2021 (aged 90)

Married Life

  • 1955-07-02 Desmond Tutu marries Leah Nomalizo Shinxani

Historical Events

  • 1984-10-16 Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican Archbishop, wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1984-12-10 South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is presented with his Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1985-08-19 Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu snubs P. W. Botha's invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa
  • 1986-04-14 Desmond Tutu elected Anglican Archbishop of Capetown, South Africa
  • 1986-09-07 Desmond Tutu becomes Anglican Archbishop of Capetown
  • 1989-09-13 Archbishop Desmond Tutu leads biggest anti-apartheid protest march in South Africa
  • 1996-06-23 Archbishop Tutu retires as Archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church in South Africa
  • 1998-08-19 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairperson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, releases documents revealing an alleged plot by Western countries to assassinate UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskj√∂ld of Sweden
  • 2022-01-01 State Funeral in Cape Town, South Africa, for anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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