Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela!

Today marks the 93rd birthday of the living legend Nelson Mandela.

Mandela served as the president of South Africa between 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency he was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of the African National Congress, known as the Umkhonto we Sizwe (ANC).

After being convicted of sabotage in 1962 Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending much of this Robben Island. Following his release he led his party to multi-racial democracy in 1994 and during his presidency until 1999.

Mandela has received over 250 awards over 40 years, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

Nelson Mandela, we salute you.