Nelson Mandela through the years

Published On: Jul 18 2012 07:48:02 AM PDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2014 07:04:11 AM PDT

Friday is Nelson Mandela Day, the annual celebration of Mandela's birthday. Mandela died in December at age 95. Look back at the life of the global icon.

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Mandela spent 27 years in prison, from 1962 to 1990. Here he is outside his former prison cell at a press conference for '46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS' on Nov. 28, 2003, on Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa.

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