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In this May 15, 2004 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela lifts the World Cup trophy in Zurich, Switzerland, after FIFA's executive committee announced that South Africa would host the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament.     (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Major events in the life of Nelson Mandela

July 18, 1918 — Born to Hendry Mphakanyiswa, a Thembu chief, and Nosekeni Qunu in the Umtata district of the Transkei, at a time when virtually all of Africa was under European colonial rule 1940 […]

12/05/2013

President Barack Obama turns from the podium after speaking  in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Dec. 5, 2013, about the death of Nelson Mandela. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama mourns death of icon Nelson Mandela

WASHINGTON (AP) — Counting himself among the millions influenced by Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama on Thursday mourned the death of the anti-apartheid icon with whom he shares the distinction of being his nation’s first […]

12/05/2013

In this May 10, 1994, file photo, Nelson Mandela dances at a celebration concert in Pretoria, South Africa, following his inauguration as the country's first black president. (AP Photo/John Parkin, File)

Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at 95

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white […]

12/05/2013

An ambulance transporting former South African president Nelson Mandela arrives at the home of the former statesman in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo / Denis Farrell)

Mandela discharged from hospital, returns home

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela, 95, was discharged from hospital on Sunday while still in critical condition and was taken by ambulance to his Johannesburg home where he will receive intensive care, the office of […]

09/01/2013

US President Barack Obama (right) and Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal. (AP Photo)

Obama’s ties to Mandela loom over S. Africa visit

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s struggles in South Africa, a young Barack Obama joined campus protests in the U.S. against the racist rule that kept Mandela locked away in prison for nearly three […]

06/28/2013

Nelson Mandela, former South Africa President. (AP Photo)

Mandela’s wife thanks world for ‘love, generosity’

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In tweets, songs, telephone calls, cards and more, messages of love have come from across South Africa and the world for 94-year-old Nelson Mandela, giving the family comfort and hope as he […]

06/17/2013

Nelson Mandela, former South Africa President. (AP Photo)

Mandela remains in serious condition, gov’t says

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Nelson Mandela remained in serious but stable condition during his fourth day in the hospital Tuesday for a recurring lung infection, while school children sang outside the 94-year-old […]

06/11/2013

SABC News video posted to YouTube on April 29, 2013 shows Nelson Mandela.

Mandela appears an ailing man in video

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma said he found Nelson Mandela “in good shape and in good spirits” Monday but a video of his encounter with the ailing anti-apartheid icon belies those cheery words, showing him with a vacant look.

04/29/2013

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