Nelson Mandela

Mandela became South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after being jailed for 27 years by the apartheid regime for fighting for equal rights for all South Africans. He served a one five-year term and quit in 1999, paving the way for his then deputy Thabo Mbeki to take over.
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1995: The Rugby World Cup was first major sporting event to take place in South Africa after apartheid. Mandela presented winning trophy to Francois Pienaar, South African rugby captain.

1995: The Rugby World Cup was first major sporting event to take place in South Africa after apartheid. Mandela presented winning trophy to Francois Pienaar, South African rugby captain.

1962: Mandela led armed wing of African National Congress (ANC), in which he co-ordinated sabotage campaigns against government targets.

1962: Mandela led armed wing of African National Congress (ANC), in which he co-ordinated sabotage campaigns against government targets.

1964: Mandela and other ANC leaders were arrested and charged with sabotage in 1962. They were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964.

1964: Mandela and other ANC leaders were arrested and charged with sabotage in 1962. They were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964.

Mandela became South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after being jailed for 27 years by the apartheid regime for fighting for equal rights for all South Africans.    He served a one five-year term and quit in 1999, paving the way for his then deputy Thabo Mbeki to take over.

Mandela became South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after being jailed for 27 years by the apartheid regime for fighting for equal rights for all South Africans. He served a one five-year term and quit in 1999, paving the way for his then deputy Thabo Mbeki to take over.

1998: Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years as a political prisioner on Robben Island. He took Bill Clinton, former US president, on a tour of the island's prison in 1998.

1998: Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years as a political prisioner on Robben Island. He took Bill Clinton, former US president, on a tour of the island's prison in 1998.

1992: The Anti-Apartheid Movement campaigned for removal of South Africa from the Olympic Games. In 1992, during the Spain summer Olympics held in Barcelona, the country was reinstated.

1992: The Anti-Apartheid Movement campaigned for removal of South Africa from the Olympic Games. In 1992, during the Spain summer Olympics held in Barcelona, the country was reinstated.

1990: Mandela was released from prison on 11 February 1990. One of the first people he met abroad was Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader.

1990: Mandela was released from prison on 11 February 1990. One of the first people he met abroad was Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader.

1993: Mandela and FW de Klerk, former South African president, were jointly awarded Nobel Prizes for their work to end Apartheid peacefully.

1993: Mandela and FW de Klerk, former South African president, were jointly awarded Nobel Prizes for their work to end Apartheid peacefully.

2004: In May 2004 Mandela held the World Cup trophy at Fifa's headquarters in Zurich. By June that year, at age 85, he announced that he would be retiring from public life.

2004: In May 2004 Mandela held the World Cup trophy at Fifa's headquarters in Zurich. By June that year, at age 85, he announced that he would be retiring from public life.

1996: For many black South Africans, the country's proudest sporting moment came when it won the African Nations Cup on home turf in 1996.

1996: For many black South Africans, the country's proudest sporting moment came when it won the African Nations Cup on home turf in 1996.

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