8 Interesting Facts About Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Here are some interesting facts about his life.


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Nelson Mandela was not removed from the U.S. terror watchlist until 2008.

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Nelson Mandela was the president of South Africa from 1994-1999. He was the first black president of South Africa, and the first president to be elected in a fully representative election.

3
Nelson Mandela slept on a thin mat on a stone floor for most of his 27 years in prison.

4
Nelson Mandela co-authored a book with Fidel Castro.

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The hand print of Nelson Mandela resembles the African continent.

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Nelson Mandela has honorary degrees from more than 50 universities worldwide.

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In 1993, Nelson Mandela shared the Nobel Peace Prize with F.W. de Klerk for getting rid of the apartheid system.

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In 2009, the United Nations proclaimed Mandela’s birthday (July 18th) to be Nelson Mandela International Day.