Nelson Mandela International Day Date in the current year: July 18, 2016

Nelson Mandela International Day Nelson Mandela International Day, also known as Mandela Day, is an official United Nations observance celebrated on July 18 each year. It commemorates the birthday of a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who was the first black President of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918. His political career began in 1944, when he joined the executive committee of the African National Congress Youth League. He actively fought against the apartheid regime. In 1964, Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison. He was released in 1990 and began negotiations to end apartheid. In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. Following the 1994 general election, he was inaugurated as the first black chief executive of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela International Day was officially declared in November 2009, the first UN celebration was held on July 18, 2010. It is the day to honor Mandela's legacy and his values through community service and volunteering.

The main idea behind Mandela Day is that everyone has the ability to make a difference and to transform the world. Every year, the UN and the Nelson Mandela Foundation launch the 67 Minutes campaign. Nelson Mandela has spent 67 years of his life fighting for social justice. On his birthday, people are encouraged to spend 67 minutes helping others.

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