The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela

PHOTO: Nelson Mandela became South Africas first democratically elected president.
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Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first democratically elected president in 1994. The following videos highlight some of the memorable moments from the last quarter-century of his life.

The emancipated South African leader speaks about a peaceful end to apartheid.
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Feb. 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela Freed From Prison

The emancipated South African leader speaks about a peaceful end to apartheid.

VIDEO: After more than 27 years of imprisonment, Nelson Mandela walks free.
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Feb. 11, 1990: Mandela's First Moments of Freedom

After more than 27 years of imprisonment, Nelson Mandela walks free.

VIDEO: Nelson Mandela's hometown of Soweto, South Africa, celebrates his freedom.
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Feb. 11, 1990: Reactions to Mandela's Release

Nelson Mandela's hometown of Soweto, South Africa, celebrates his freedom.

VIDEO: Nelson Mandela's new freedom and government changes invigorate South Africans.
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Feb. 13, 1990: Mandela Speaks of Freedom

Nelson Mandela's new freedom and government changes invigorate South Africans.

VIDEO: Nelson Mandela Interview
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Feb. 15, 1990: Nelson Mandela Interview

Nelson Mandela talks to Ted Koppel about his 27-year imprisonment.

VIDEO: Nelson Mandela Visits Zambia
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Feb. 27, 1990: Nelson Mandela Visits Zambia

Mandela meets with African leaders to discuss reform for South Africa.

New South African President Nelson Mandela delivers acceptance speech.
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May 2, 1994: Nelson Mandela Wins Election

New South African President Nelson Mandela delivers acceptance speech.

VIDEO: Nelson Mandela is sworn in as the President of South Africa.
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May 10, 1994: Mandela Takes Oath of Office

Nelson Mandela is sworn in as the President of South Africa.

VIDEO: Thabo Mbeki is voted in as South Africa's next president.
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June 1, 1999: Mandela Steps Down From Presidency

Thabo Mbeki is voted in as South Africa's next president.

VIDEO: Twelve essay contest winners journey to South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela.
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July 17, 2009: Mandela Inspires Students

Twelve essay contest winners journey to South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela.

VIDEO: The unlikely friendship between Mandela and the man who kept him prisoner.
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Feb. 12, 2010: Transcending Apartheid

The unlikely friendship between Mandela and the man who kept him prisoner.

VIDEO: The nation celebrates the World Cup 16 years after apartheid ended.
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June 14, 2010: South Africa Transformed

The nation celebrates the World Cup 16 years after apartheid ended.

VIDEO: Bill Clinton praises Nelson Mandela for defending him during sex scandal.
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Bill Clinton on Nelson Mandela: 'He Was Fabulous to Me'

2004: The former president praises Nelson Mandela for defending him during sex scandal.

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