Key dates in the life of South African cleric and activist Desmond Tutu

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CAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – Here is a timeline of key dates in Desmond Tutu’s life: 1931 – Desmond Tutu is born in Klerksdorp, a town around 170 km (105 miles) to the west of Johannesburg. 1943 – Tutu’s Methodist family joins the Anglican Church. 1947 – Tutu falls ill with tuberculosis while studying at a secondary school near Sophiatown, Johannesburg. He befriends a priest and serves in his church after recovering from illness. 1948 – The white National Party launches apartheid in the run-up to 1948 national elections. It wins popular support among white voters who want to maintain their dominance…

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