Nelson Mandela Fast Facts
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(Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images) Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 Members of nea-fascist All White Brotherhood protest against Frederik de Klerk’s reforms and imminent release from jail of anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela during a rally in Pretoria, 10 February 1990. (Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/GettyImages) Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 South African activist and Nobel Peace Prize and Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu reacts at announcement of the freedom of the anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela, on February 10, 1990 at his home in Soweto. (Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/GettyImages) Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 Women and children dance and sing on road near Nelson Mandela’s Soweto home, 10 February 1990, shortly after hearing that African National Congress leader is to be freed from jail. Nelson Mandela spent 26 years in jail.
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December 11, 2009 – The movie Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman as Mandela opens in South Africa, Canada and the United States. February 11, 2010 – On the 20th anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison tributes, commemorations and marches in his honor take place. June 11, 2010 – Mandela makes his first World Cup appearance before kickoff of the final match. January 26-28, 2011 – Is hospitalized in Johannesburg and treated for an acute respiratory infection. June 21, 2011 – Meets with U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama at his home in South Africa. February 25-26, 2012 – Treated for an abdominal hernia. March 2012 – The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project is launched. Google gives a $1.25 million grant to help preserve and digitize thousands of archival documents including items donated by Mandela himself. December 8, 2012 – Is admitted to the hospital, suffering a lung infection. December 15, 2012 – Undergoes successful endoscopic surgery to have gall stones removed. January 6, 2013 – A spokesman says Mandela has successfully recovered from surgery and a lung infection and is slowly getting back to his normal routine. March 27, 2013 – Is admitted to the hospital due to the recurrence of a lung infection.
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