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Nelson Mandela turns 92
 
1962: Mandela led armed wing of African National Congress (ANC), in which he co-ordinated sabotage campaigns against government targets. [Mandela with Winnie, his first wife. Keystone/Getty Images]
1964: Mandela and other ANC leaders were arrested and charged with sabotage in 1962. They were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. [Mandela with C Andrews, Cape Town teacher. Three Lions/Getty Images]
1990: Mandela was released from prison on 11 February 1990. One of the first people he met abroad was Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader. [Photo by Palestinian Authorities via Getty Images]
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. [David Leah/Getty Images]
1993: Mandela and FW de Klerk, former South African president, were jointly awarded Nobel Prizes for their work to end Apartheid peacefully. [AFP/Gerard Julien]
1993: South Africa's isolation in sport began in the 1950s and increased during the 1960s until being revoked in 1993. Mandela with manager of Manchester United, during South African tour. [David Rogers/Allsport]
1995: The Comrades Marathon, world's largest and oldest race, was held on South Africa's Republic Day, but scrapped in 1995. The race date was changed to Youth Day on 16 June. [Mandela with 1995 winner. Allsport UK]
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. [Dave Rogers/Allsport]
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. [Mark Thompson /Allsport]
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. [EPA]
1999: Mandela was president of South Africa from 1994 until 1999. After stepping down, he played a key role in helping the country win the 2010 World Cup bid. [Mandela with Sepp Blatter in Burkina Faso. Getty Images]
2001: Mandela was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer, but this did not slow down his diplomatic efforts. [Getty Images]
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. [AFP]
2010: The death of Mandela's great-granddaughter meant that he could not be at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. But he was there with Graca Machel, his wife, for the closing ceremony. [EPA]
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Nelson Mandela International Day is held on July 18 every year to commemorate the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's birthday.

This was decided last November by the UN General Assembly to recognise Mandela's contribution to resolving conflicts and promoting race relations, human rights and reconciliation.

Ali Abdessalam Treki, president of the 192-member world body, called Mandela "an icon and one of the greatest moral and political leaders of our time".

He was speaking at Friday's UN commemoration, held two days early because Mandela's birthday this year falls on Sunday, where tributes were delivered to the South African anti-apartheid leader's moral leadership and lifelong commitment to fighting racial oppression and promoting peace.


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