The Life of Nelson Mandela

Charlie Lane


July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. He was given the name Rolihlahla.

1925 Attends primary school near Qunu. One of his teachers gives him the name Nelson.

1937 Attends Healdtown, the Wesleyan college at Fort Beaufort

1939 Attends at the University College of Fort Hare, in Alice

1940 Gets expelled from the University College

1941 Escapes an arranged marriage

1942 Starts to attend African National Congress meetings

1944 Marries Evelyn Ntoko Mase and has four children

1948 Elected national secretary of the ANCYL

1951 Elected President of the ANCYL

1952 Arrested and charged for violating the Suppression of Communism Act

1956 Arrested with 155 others and charged with treason

1958 Divorces Evelyn Mase; marries Namzamo Winnie Madikzela; they have two daughters

1960 Sharpeville massacre causes A State of Emergency to be imposed; Mandela is detained alone with thousands of others

1962 Leaves country for military training and to garner support for the ANC; returns to South Africa; arrested and sentenced to five years in prison for leaving the country without a passport

1963 Sent to Robben Island; returned to local prison; appears in court and pleads not guilty

1964 Sentenced to life in prison with seven others.

1990 Released from prison; elected ANC Deputy Presidnet

1993 Awarded Nobel Piece Prize with FW de Klerk

1994 Votes for the first time in his life; Elected by parlaiment as first democratic president of South Africa

1995 Establishes the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund; divorces Winnie Mandela

1998 Gets married to Graca Machel on his 80th birth day

1999 Steps down after one term as president

2001 Diagnosed with prostate cancer

2004 Announces he will be stepping down from his public life

2008 Turns 90 years old and asks future generations to continue to fight for social justice

2010 Celebrates his 92nd birthday with family and friends

2013 Dies December 5

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