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Former president of South Africa and anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela has died aged 95.
In 1943 Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC) becoming founder of the ANC Youth League.
In 1952 Mandela qualified as a lawyer and opened the first black legal practice in Johannesburg.
Mandela in 1959 talking to a group of women demonstrating against the pass laws in South Africa.
He was sentenced to life for sabotage in 1964, spending 18 years here in Robben Island prison.
The quest to Free Mandela was one of the most enduring memories of the 1980s.
Fans pictured here in London show support for the inspirational leader stretched across the world.
Mandela and his loyal wife Winnie famously celebrated his release from 27 years in prison in 1990.
Mandela's first passport, issued after his release from prison in 1990.
At a five-hour concert held in his honour at Wembley in 1990 he saluted fans with a clenched fist.
In May 1994 Mandela was inaugurated as the first democratically-elected president of South Africa.
ANC leader Mandela cast his vote in South Africa's first all-race elections in 1994.
He allayed the despair of blacks living under apartheid and never compromised his principles.
The ANC is a political party who started out to increase the rights of black South Africans.
Mandela and President FW de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
South Africa hosted and went on to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Mandela’s role in the event was turned into a film, Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman as Mandela.
Popular and charismatic - Mandela rubbed shoulders with a fair few celebrities in his time.
Mandela endorsed Sir Bob Geldof's 'Make Poverty History' campaign of 2005
Mandela addressed the crowd at the South Africa Freedom Day Concert in London's Trafalgar Square in 2001.
African President Thabo Mbeki and ANC President Jacob Zuma celebrated Mandela’s 90th birthday.
Graca Machel, widow of the former president of Mozambique became Mandela’s third wife.
Mandela, known as Madiba in South Africa was revered as a man of peace and forgiveness.