30
Jan
08

On This Day 1-30-08: Mohandas Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu extremist. Gandhi first fought for the rights of Indian people in South Africa before returning home to India in 1915 to join the Indian independence movement.

He gave up western ways to lead a life of spirituality and launched a campaign of civil disobedience against British oppression. In 1947, he was a leading figure in the negotiations that led to Indian statehood. He called the granting of independence the noblest act of the British nation, but was distressed by the religious partition of the former Mogul Empire into India and Pakistan.

When violence broke out between Hindus and Muslims in 1947, he resorted to fasts and visits to the troubled areas in an effort to end the religious strife. He was on one such vigil when Nathuram Godse, a Hindu who objected to Gandhi’s tolerance for the Muslims, fatally shot him.

http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/this_day_in_history/

1649 – England’s King Charles I was beheaded.

1847 – The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco.

1862 – The U.S. Navy’s first ironclad warship, the “Monitor”, was launched.

1900 – The British fighting the Boers in South Africa ask for a larger army.

1910 – Work began on the first board-track automobile speedway. The track was built in Playa del Ray, CA.

1933 – Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor.

1948 – Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was murdered by a Hindu extremist.

1968 – The Tet Offensive began as Communist forces launched surprise attacks against South Vietnamese provincial capitals.

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Mohandas Gandhi

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi

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