Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa and anti-apartheid hero, has died in a hospital at 95.
Jacob Zuma president of South Africa said:
“Our nation has lost its greatest son, what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves. Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together, and it is together that we will bid him farewell.” (source)
1918 – Born in the Eastern Cape
1943 – Joined African National Congress
1956 – Charged with high treason, but charges dropped after a four-year trial
1962 – Arrested, convicted of incitement and leaving country without a passport, sentenced to five years in prison
1964 – Charged with sabotage, sentenced to life
1990 – Freed from prison
1993 – Wins Nobel Peace Prize
1994 – Elected first black president
1999 – Steps down as leader
2001 – Diagnosed with prostate cancer
2004 – Retires from public life
2005 – Announces his son has died of an HIV/Aids-related illness
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