Nelson Mandela

1918

Nelson Mandela was born on July 8, 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtato.

1925

Mandela attends primary school near Qunu. The name Nelson was received from his teacher.

1937

Nelson Mandella left his home to become a privy counseler for the Thembu royal house this begun his secondary education.

1939

He enrolls at the University College of Fort Hare. He is expelled in 1940.

1941

Mandela escapes an arranged marriage, becomes a mine night watchman, and starts articles at the law firm Witkin, Sidelsky & Eidelman.

1942

He completes BA through the University of South Africa (UNISA). He begins to attend African National Congress (ANC) meetings informally.

1948

He is elected national secretary of the ANCYL. Three Years later, Nelson is elected President of the ANCYL.

1952

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.

1956

Nelson is arrested again along with 155 others for treason.

1960

ANC is banned.

1961

He goes underground and Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) is formed

1962

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.

1963

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.

1982

Nelson Mandella is sent to Pollsmoor Prison.

1985

South African President PW Botha offers to release him if he renounces violence.

1990

ANC is unbanned and Nelson Mandella is released from prison.

1993

Mandela is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with FW de Klerk.

1994

Nelson votes for the first time and is elected as the first president of South Africa. He launches his autobiography "Long walk to Freedom".

1999

He steps down after one term as president. He establishes the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

2003

Nelson Mendella establishes the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.

2010

Nelson is formally presented with the Fifa World Cup trophy before it embarks on a tour of South Africa.

2013

He spends New Year’s Day with members of his family in Johannesburg. Nelson Mendella dies on December 5th.

sources
http://www.nelsonmandela.org/content/page/timeline
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela

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