Timeline: Life and times of Nelson Mandela

Thu Dec 5, 2013 5:08pm EST
 
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Dec 5 - Here are some important dates and events in the life of former South African President and anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95:

July 18, 1918 - Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela near Qunu, in Transkei (now Eastern Cape), the youngest son of a counselor to the chief of his Thembu clan.

1944 - Founds African National Congress (ANC) Youth League with Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu.

- Marries his first wife Evelyn. They had a daughter and two sons and were divorced in 1957.

1952 - Mandela and others arrested and charged under the Suppression of Communism Act. Given suspended prison sentence.

- Elected deputy national president of ANC.

1958 - Marries Winnie Madikizela. They separated in April 1992 and were divorced about four years later.

1960 - Sharpeville Massacre of black protesters by police.

1962 - Mandela leaves secretly for military training in Morocco and Ethiopia. Returning to South Africa, the "Black Pimpernel" is captured and sentenced to five years for incitement and illegally leaving the country.   Continued...

 
African National Congress (ANC) vice-president, Nelson Mandela, addresses a capacity crowd at a rally in Port Elizabeth in this April 1, 1990 file photo. REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya/Files