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S. African School Children Sing Happy Birthday to Mandela

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Children sing 'Happy Birthday' in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela during celebrations for Mandela's birthday in Mvezo, South Africa, July 18, 2012.

Children sing 'Happy Birthday' in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela during celebrations for Mandela's birthday in Mvezo, South Africa, July 18, 2012.

Twelve million South African schoolchildren sang Happy Birthday to anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela as he turned 94 on Wednesday.

Mandela, who is retired from public life, is spending the day with his family in his southeastern village home of Qunu.

Meanwhile, people around the world are dedicating 67 minutes of the day to volunteer projects for the needy, one minute marking every year of his public service.

Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison fighting the racist apartheid government.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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