Nelson Mandela through the years

POSTED: 07:48 AM PDT Jul 18, 2012    UPDATED: 07:04 AM PDT Jul 18, 2014 

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 has met with world leaders and celebrities the world over in various activist roles. He became a fierce warrior in the battle against AIDS in Africa. Here he hugs singer Bono at the 46664 concert in 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. It was a benefit for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the battle against AIDS.

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