(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa.
Birth date: July 18, 1918
He was given the name Nelson by a school teacher. He was sometimes called Madiba, his traditional clan name.
1941-1943 - Mandela meets Walter Sisulu who helps him get a job at the law firm of Witkin, Sidelsky, and Eidelman.