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Born at Mvezo in the Transkei
July 18, 1918
Attends primary school near Qunu (receives the name ‘Nelson’ from a teacher)
Entrusted to Paramount Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo
Nelson's father dies
Attends Clarkebury Boarding Institute in Engcobo
Attends Healdtown, the Wesleyan College at Fort Beaufort
Goes to University College of Fort Hare, in Alice
Expelled from college
Escapes an arranged marriage; becomes night watchman at mine.
Regent of A.N.C.visits Mandela in Johannesburg
Begins to attend African National Congress (ANC) meetings.
Co-founds the ANC Youth League (ANCYL)
Gets married to Evelyn Ntoko Mase
Has the first of four children.
Thembekile (1945); Makaziwe (1947 – who dies after nine months); Makgatho (1950); Makaziwe (1954)
Elected national secretary of the ANCYL
Elected President of the ANCYL
Arrested and charged for violating the Suppression of Communism Act
Arrested and joins 155 others on trial for Treason. All are acquitted by 1961.
Gets divorced from Evelyn Mase; Marries Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela
A State of Emergency imposed and Mr Mandela detained
March 30, 1960
The ANC is banned
April 8, 1960
Goes underground; Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) is formed
Leaves the country for military training and to garner support for the ANC
Arrested. Sentenced to five years for causing problems and leaving.
Charged for sabotage in the Rivonia trial with nine others
All except Rusty Bernstein and James Kantor are convicted and sentenced to life
Mr Mandela is sent to Pollsmoor Prison
Does not accept South African President PW Botha's offer to release him.
Admitted to Tygerberg Hospital and is diagnosed with Tuberculosis
Goes to Victor Verster Prison to finish his prison sentence.
ANC is unbanned
February 2, 1990
Released from prison.
February 11, 1990
Elected ANC Deputy President
March 2, 1990
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Votes for the first time in his life
Inaugurated as President of the Republic of South Africa
May 10, 1994
Divorces Winnie Mandela
Marries Graça Machel on his 80th birthday
Steps down after one term as President
Diagnosed with prostate cancer
Watches his grandson Mandla become chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council
Celebrates his 92nd birthday at home in Johannesburg with family and friends
Is visited at home by American First Lady Michelle Obama.
June 21, 2011
Celebrates his 93rd birthday with his family in Qunu, Eastern Cape
July 18, 2011
Celebrates his 94th birthday with his family in Qunu, Eastern Cape
July 18, 2012
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