Today is the 50th anniversary of Nelson Mandela being sentenced to life imprisonment.
At the beginning of his defence in 1964, he famously gave a 174 minute speech about the injustice he saw as a black man being charged by an exclusively white system. However, by this point Mandela had already been in prison for years. He was first arrested in August 1962, and had been tried and sentenced to five years in jail within three months of his arrest. The trial that then led to his life sentence took place from 1963-64, with the final judgement passed on 12 June 1964.