Mandela is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace
Date: 17 July, 1964
The paper 'Leader' announced that African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela has been awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace the previous week. The announcement came a day short of Mandela's birthday, the first of its kind that he was going to celebrate behind closed doors. Mandela had been recently sentenced to life imprisonment after the Rivonia trials. The presentation was made by Mr Houari Souyah, President of the Algerian Peace Committee in Algiers, to Dr Yussuf Dadoo, a former President of the South African Indian Congress (SAIC) and the leader of the anti-apartheid movement in Britain.