16 Incredible Facts about Nelson Mandela, a Man Who Changed The World Forever – Here’s Just One Little Thing You Should Do to Honor His Birthday

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Today, on July 18th the whole world honors Nelson Mandela, whose successful struggle against South Africa’s apartheid system of racial segregation and discrimination made him a global symbol for the cause of human rights and earned him the Nobel Prize. Today he would have turned 100 years old so Nexter.org prepared interesting facts about this incredible man.

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The man who changed the world

Nelson Mandela was the president of South Africa from 1994-1999. He was the first black president of South Africa, and the first president to be elected in a fully representative election.

He was given the name Nelson by a school teacher. He was sometimes called Madiba, his traditional clan name.

He was married in 1944 to Evelyn Ntoko Mase. They were married for 13 years. He married Winnie Madikizela in 1958 and they divorced in 1996 after 38 years. In 1998, on his 80th birthday he married Graca Machel, who was the widow of a former Mozambique president.

Mandela had six children: Madiba, Makaziwe, Magkatho, Pumla, Zenani and Zindzi. He also had 17 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

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Mandela was imprisoned from 1962-1990 for treason and conspiracy against the government. He was sentenced to life in prison, but was released early when the ANC became legal again.

In prison, Mandela lived in a small cell without a bed or plumbing, forced to do hard labor in a limestone quarry during the day.

While he was in prison, Mandela was a symbol to rally behind for the oppressed in South Africa who were fighting for rights.

Mandela is considered the father of Modern South Africa. He was instrumental in tearing down the oppressive government and installing democracy.

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Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for peacefully destroying the Apartheid regime and laying the foundation for democracy. In addition to the Nobel Piece Prize, he won over 250 other awards.

After retirement from politics, Mandela started the Nelson Mandela Foundation that focused on combating HIV/AIDS and supported rural development and school construction.

In 2009, the United Nations proclaimed Mandela’s birthday (July 18th) to be Nelson Mandela International Day. The holiday asks people to spend 67 minutes doing something good for others, which represents the 67 years he spent working toward change.

In 2007 a bronze statue of Mandela is unveiled in Parliament Square in London.

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President Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela were in office at the same time, and the two leaders were close. Clinton said Mandela often asked about Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, and Mandela would ask Chelsea about her homework on the phone.

President Barack Obama called Mandela a “giant of history” in his eulogy at Mandela’s 2013 funeral.

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There is a movie dedicated to Mandela – it’s called Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman.

On December 5, 2013, Mandela dies at his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. South African President Zuma orders all flags in the nation to be flown at half-staff through the state funeral.


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