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Nelson Mandela at 100: Looking back at South Africa’s heroic anti-apartheid fighter

July 18, 17:30 UTC+3

Nelson Mandela would have been 100 years old today

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Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, British South Africa. Photo: Nelson Mandela in Umtata at the age of 19
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, British South Africa. Photo: Nelson Mandela in Umtata at the age of 19
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, British South Africa. Photo: Nelson Mandela in Umtata at the age of 19
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Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Photo: Crowds cheer as a police van brings prisoners to the Drill Hall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1956, for the start of the 'Treason Trial'. Nelson Mandela was among the people arrested and standing trial
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Photo: Crowds cheer as a police van brings prisoners to the Drill Hall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1956, for the start of the 'Treason Trial'. Nelson Mandela was among the people arrested and standing trial
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Photo: Crowds cheer as a police van brings prisoners to the Drill Hall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1956, for the start of the 'Treason Trial'. Nelson Mandela was among the people arrested and standing trial
© AP Photo
Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie at Cape Town's airport prior to a flight to Johannesburg, 1990, the day after his release from prison
Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie at Cape Town's airport prior to a flight to Johannesburg, 1990, the day after his release from prison
Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie at Cape Town's airport prior to a flight to Johannesburg, 1990, the day after his release from prison
© AP Photo /File, Adil Bradlow
Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walking hand in hand, raise clenched fists upon his release from Victor prison, Cape Town, 1990.
Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walking hand in hand, raise clenched fists upon his release from Victor prison, Cape Town, 1990.
Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walking hand in hand, raise clenched fists upon his release from Victor prison, Cape Town, 1990.
© AP Photo
Nelson Mandela became the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. Photo: Nelson Mandela casting his vote in the 1994 elections
Nelson Mandela became the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. Photo: Nelson Mandela casting his vote in the 1994 elections
Nelson Mandela became the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. Photo: Nelson Mandela casting his vote in the 1994 elections
© wikimedia.org
Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress, speaks at the United nations, 1992
Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress, speaks at the United nations, 1992
Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress, speaks at the United nations, 1992
© AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler
Nelson Mandela toasts his Nobel Peace Prize with members of his staff at the ANC headquarters during a celebration in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1993
Nelson Mandela toasts his Nobel Peace Prize with members of his staff at the ANC headquarters during a celebration in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1993
Nelson Mandela toasts his Nobel Peace Prize with members of his staff at the ANC headquarters during a celebration in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1993
© AP Photo/John Parkin
Russian President Boris Yeltsin and South African President Nelson Mandela talking prior to the meeting in Kremlin, 1999
Russian President Boris Yeltsin and South African President Nelson Mandela talking prior to the meeting in Kremlin, 1999
Russian President Boris Yeltsin and South African President Nelson Mandela talking prior to the meeting in Kremlin, 1999
© Alexandr Chumichev/TASS
Nelson Mandela chats with Prof. Dame Leonie Kramer, vice chancellor of the University of Sydney, and Sir Gerard Brennan, chancellor of the University of Technology, after the former South African leader received two honorary doctorates at Sydney University Iin Sydney, 2000
Nelson Mandela chats with Prof. Dame Leonie Kramer, vice chancellor of the University of Sydney, and Sir Gerard Brennan, chancellor of the University of Technology, after the former South African leader received two honorary doctorates at Sydney University Iin Sydney, 2000
Nelson Mandela chats with Prof. Dame Leonie Kramer, vice chancellor of the University of Sydney, and Sir Gerard Brennan, chancellor of the University of Technology, after the former South African leader received two honorary doctorates at Sydney University Iin Sydney, 2000
© AP Photo/David Gray, Pool
Former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2009, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students as part of a series of activities leading to Mandela Day on July 18th
Former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2009, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students as part of a series of activities leading to Mandela Day on July 18th
Former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2009, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students as part of a series of activities leading to Mandela Day on July 18th
© AP Photo/Pool-Theana Calitz-Bilt, Pool
Former US President Barack Obama delivers his speech during an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa
Former US President Barack Obama delivers his speech during an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa
Former US President Barack Obama delivers his speech during an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa
© AP Photo/Themba Hadebe
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Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, British South Africa. Photo: Nelson Mandela in Umtata at the age of 19
© wikimedia.org
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Photo: Crowds cheer as a police van brings prisoners to the Drill Hall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1956, for the start of the 'Treason Trial'. Nelson Mandela was among the people arrested and standing trial
© AP Photo
Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie at Cape Town's airport prior to a flight to Johannesburg, 1990, the day after his release from prison
© AP Photo /File, Adil Bradlow
Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walking hand in hand, raise clenched fists upon his release from Victor prison, Cape Town, 1990.
© AP Photo
Nelson Mandela became the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. Photo: Nelson Mandela casting his vote in the 1994 elections
© wikimedia.org
Nelson Mandela, president of the African National Congress, speaks at the United nations, 1992
© AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler
Nelson Mandela toasts his Nobel Peace Prize with members of his staff at the ANC headquarters during a celebration in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1993
© AP Photo/John Parkin
Russian President Boris Yeltsin and South African President Nelson Mandela talking prior to the meeting in Kremlin, 1999
© Alexandr Chumichev/TASS
Nelson Mandela chats with Prof. Dame Leonie Kramer, vice chancellor of the University of Sydney, and Sir Gerard Brennan, chancellor of the University of Technology, after the former South African leader received two honorary doctorates at Sydney University Iin Sydney, 2000
© AP Photo/David Gray, Pool
Former South African President Nelson Mandela reacts at the Mandela foundation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2009, during a meeting with a group of American and South African students as part of a series of activities leading to Mandela Day on July 18th
© AP Photo/Pool-Theana Calitz-Bilt, Pool
Former US President Barack Obama delivers his speech during an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa
© AP Photo/Themba Hadebe

July 18 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of South Africa's most revered political leader and reconciliatory hero, Nelson Mandela, in 1918. Having endured 27 years in prison, Mandela went on to become South Africa’s first black president and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election, serving as head of state from 1994-1999. TASS remembers one of the most significant figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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