Nelson Mandela was 44 years old when he first went to jail in 1962. Mandela was imprisoned for 28 years until his release on Feb. 11, 1990.Know More
Born in South Africa on July 18, 1918, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1944. He was involved in resistance against the National Party's apartheid policies and faced trial for treason although he was acquitted in 1961.
Although the African National Congress was banned in 1960, Mandela continued to argue for the formation of a military wing. He was arrested in 1962 and received a sentence of five years in prison with hard labor. He faced a trial in 1963 for plotting to overthrow the government and was sentenced to life in prison in 1964.
Upon his release in 1990, Mandela continued working toward his goals. He was elected President of the ANC in 1991. He passed away Dec. 5, 2013.Learn more about Crime
Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa on May 9, 1994. Nelson Mandela was elected by South Africa's Parliament. He was the first black president to lead the country.Full Answer >
When Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as President of South Africa on May 11, 1994 he made his historic "Glory and Hope" speech. The speech was so-named because of the opening line.Full Answer >
The Guardian reports that Nelson Mandela was 6 feet 4 inches tall. For the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" Idris Elba was chosen to portray Mandela partly because of his tall stature.Full Answer >
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a president of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. In South Africa, he is often called "Madiba," which was the name of the clan he was born into.Full Answer >