Nelson Mandela through the years

Published On: Jul 18 2012 09:48:02 AM CDT   Updated On: Dec 05 2014 09:43:45 AM CST

Today is the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela's death. Look back at the life of the global icon.

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Mandela blows out the candles on his cake in honor of his 90th birthday, at the Loftus Stadium, on Aug. 2, 2008, in Pretoria, Gauteng.

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