25 facts about a hero, who insisted that he was “an ordinary man who had become leader because of extraordinary circumstances”.
Contrary to popular belief, he was not a pacifist. Although initially he opposed violence he eventually deemed it necessary but he never condoned violence towards civilians.
He studied to be a lawyer and ended up as a high ranking member of the African National Congress, a group resisting apartheid.
His second wife was name Winnie, and she was crazy. She got arrested for torturing and murdering several people while Nelson was in prison.
You probably already know this but he was in prison for 27 years because of anti government activity
Because the African National Congress was declared a terrorist group by South Africa both the US and UK ended up putting Nelson on their terrorist watch lists
Not surprisingly the US, UK, and France all vetoed sanctions against South Africa during the brutally racist apartheid regime because they were trade partners
Back to Nelson, he had a lot of personal vices he was known for. One of the biggest included womanizing
He knew it too. Although western media always painted him as a hero he always insisted that he was "an ordinary man who had become leader because of extraordinary circumstances"
He was friends with Gaddafi until his death. Although this sounds like lunacy in other parts of the world, Gaddafi was one of the few to support the ANC while the rest of the world was busy protecting their trade channels.
In 1993, along with the last apartheid president of South Africa, F. W. de Klerk, he accepted the nobel peace price in Norway
Highlights include 50 honorary degrees, the first person in history to be name an honorary citizen of Canada, and the last person to receive the Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union
In 2009 the United Nations declared that Nelson Mandela International Day would be held every year on his birthday, July 18th.