18th July is observed as Nelson Mandela Day every year

Nelson Mandela
  • Nelson Mandela International Day (also Mandela Day) is held every year on July 18 globally to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
  • The day 18 July marks the birth anniversary of the great South African leader, who was born in 1918.
  • United Nations officially declared July 18 as UN Mandela Day in November 2009.
  • The first UN Mandela Day was held on 18 July 2010.
  • He won the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership for his anti-apartheid activism in 1993.
  • He was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna in 1990 for his role in the anti-apartheid movement. Apart from Pakistan national Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, he is the only non-Indian to have received the award.
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