Nelson Mandela was born on July 8, 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtato.
Mandela attends primary school near Qunu. The name Nelson was received from his teacher.
Nelson Mandella left his home to become a privy counseler for the Thembu royal house this begun his secondary education.
He enrolls at the University College of Fort Hare. He is expelled in 1940.
Mandela escapes an arranged marriage, becomes a mine night watchman, and starts articles at the law firm Witkin, Sidelsky & Eidelman.
He completes BA through the University of South Africa (UNISA). He begins to attend African National Congress (ANC) meetings informally.
He is elected national secretary of the ANCYL. Three Years later, Nelson is elected President of the ANCYL.
The Defiance Campaign begins and Nelson is arrested and charged for violating the Suppression of Communism Act. Nelson is elected Transvaal ANC President. Nelson is convicted with J.S Moroka, Walter Sisulu and 17 others under the Suppression of Communism Act. He is sentenced to nine months imprisonment with hard labor, suspended for two years. He is elected to be the first of ANC deputy presidents. Nelson opens South Africa’s first black law firm with Oliver Tambo.
Nelson is arrested again along with 155 others for treason.
ANC is banned.
He goes underground and Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) is formed
In January, Nelson leaves the country for military training and to garner support for the ANC. He later returns to South Africa. He is arrested near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. He is sentenced to five years in prison in November.
Nelson appears in court for the first time in what becomes known as the Rivonia Trial, with Walter Sisulu, Denis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Lionel 'Rusty' Bernstein, Raymond Mhlaba, James Kantor, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni.
Nelson Mandella is sent to Pollsmoor Prison.
South African President PW Botha offers to release him if he renounces violence.
ANC is unbanned and Nelson Mandella is released from prison.
Mandela is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with FW de Klerk.
Nelson votes for the first time and is elected as the first president of South Africa. He launches his autobiography "Long walk to Freedom".
He steps down after one term as president. He establishes the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Nelson Mendella establishes the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
Nelson is formally presented with the Fifa World Cup trophy before it embarks on a tour of South Africa.
He spends New Year’s Day with members of his family in Johannesburg. Nelson Mendella dies on December 5th.