Nelson Mandela's Journey: An interactive timeline

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Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.

South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news conference late Thursday, saying "we've lost our greatest son."

Here's a look at key dates in the life and career of Mandela, South Africa's first black president.


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