This day in 1996, Nelson Mandela historically stepped down as President of South Africa.
According to South African History Online, On 7 July 1996,in a television broadcast President Nelson Mandela confirmed the rumours that he would not stand for re-election in 1999. In this in accordance to what he had initially said when he was sworn in as the country's first democratic president in 1994.
A posthumous memoir by Nelson Mandela about his time as South Africa's first post-apartheid president was also published.
Check out pictures from when Nelson Mandela was memorialized:
Nelson Mandela remembered
This day in history in 1996: Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa
Nelson Mandela was a champion for justice & human dignity, with unmatched grace. I'll remember him as Madiba, truly an unconquerable soul.
Courage =/= the absence of fear, but triumph over it. The brave man does not feel unafraid, but conquers his fear. - Nelson Mandela
The best way to honor @NelsonMandela is to embody his values in our daily behavior: courage, speaking truth, forgiveness, love & joy.
PM signs Nelson Mandela condolence book: Your generosity, compassion & forgiveness have given us lessons to live by http://t.co/JN1N343vGr
The word "inspiring" is thrown around a lot. Mandela truly was, in the sense that, I woke up pondering his grace. And wanting to emulate.
With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Nelson Mandela. Surely, his legacy will remain a source of #inspiration and courage for all people.
Mandela led his country with a quiet moral authority that directed his own path from prisoner to president http://t.co/WoDe0qO05A
May the life of Nelson Mandela long stand as the ultimate tribute to the triumph of hope. http://t.co/Bgv5TpayBW
One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him http://t.co/IfZKtgvlU8
VP on Nelson #Mandela: “First his courage and then his forgiveness inspired us all, and challenged us to do better.”
Today we lost the world's greatest advocate for peace and change. Nelson Mandela was a hero to so many. Rest in peace.
"If people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love." - #NelsonMandela, RIP & may your words live on... http://t.co/4UiAsZ6imu
I will never forget my friend Madiba. http://t.co/UX21ZZG7cg
There will never be words to say what I'm feeling right now. I am saddened to the depths of my soul. Truly.
Nelson Mandela taught us all that forgiveness is stronger than hate. The best way to honor his passing is to follow his example.
RIP Nelson Mandela, whose courage and character inspired South Africa and the world. My recent remarks on his legacy http://t.co/vRSgL6whZZ
We will forever draw strength and inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility. –mo
Nelson Mandela was an inspiring example of resilience & grace. Diane & I send our deepest condolences to the people of South Africa.
In honor of Nelson Mandela, who died today, here is an image of South Africa from #ISS: https://t.co/JkwMuxcGm0
President Mandela’s life is the closest thing we have to proof of God. http://t.co/ce8FyjCzN1 http://t.co/qg6Of20xL9
Mandela is gone. There is no one else like him.
Nelson Mandela, rest in peace. What an unbelievable legacy…