There are more than 33 million search results for "Nelson Mandela" on the Google search engine and nearly 53 million results for "Mandela".
At the age of 23, Mandela left the Eastern Cape with his cousin Justice Bambilanga to get out of an arranged marriage.
In 1944, Mandela helped form the ANC Youth League. In the same year, he married his first wife, Evelyn Mase.
In 1952, Mandela opened the first black legal firm in South Africa with fellow lawyer Oliver Tambo, providing free or low-cost legal counsel to many blacks who would otherwise have had no legal representation.
In 1973, the University of Leeds named the heaviest nuclear particle discovered the "Mandela particle".
In 1988, the former USSR issued a commemorative stamp in Mandela's honour.
In 1994, Mandela made a total of 57 speeches and statements. These included his victory speech and inauguration speeches delivered in Pretoria and Cape Town.
In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as the president of South Africa. In celebration, the South African Post Office distributed a special inauguration stamp. It became the best-selling item in the post office's history.
Mandela held 67 honorary degrees from more than 50 international universities.
Mandela appeared in the 1992 movie Malcolm X as a Soweto schoolteacher, where he recited one of Malcolm X's most famous speeches.
In 2004, zoologists Brent E. Hendrixson and Jason E. Bond named a South African species of trapdoor spider as "Stasimopus mandelai".
In 2005, Mandela was voted president of the world in an online international BBC poll, where viewers voted for a fantasy global government.
In 2005, Mandela's son died. Makgatho Mandela had Aids. Mandela's announcement of his personal Aids tragedy challenged the widespread taboo, which keeps many people from discussing an epidemic that infects millions of people across the continent.
In the 2006 Nickelback music video, If Everyone Cared, they feature Mandela's life story.