May 18, 1974 – India detonates atomic bomb

May 18, 1974 – India detonates atomic bomb

On May 18, 1974, in the Rajasthan Desert, India successfully explodes its first nuclear weapon, a fission bomb similar in power to the U.S. atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

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March 12, 1930 – Gandhi leads civil disobedience

March 12, 1930 – Gandhi leads civil disobedience

In his boldest act of civil disobedience against British rule in India to date, Mahatma Gandhi begins a long march to the sea in protest of the British salt tax.

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September 16, 1932 – Gandhi begins fast in protest of caste separation

September 16, 1932 – Gandhi begins fast in protest of caste separation

In his cell at Yerovda Jail, Gandhi begins a hunger strike in protest of the British government’s decision to separate India’s electoral system by caste.

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June 7, 1893 – Gandhi’s first act of civil disobedience

June 7, 1893 – Gandhi’s first act of civil disobedience

In an event that would have dramatic repercussions for the people of India, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a young Indian lawyer working in South Africa, refuses to comply with racial segregation rules on a South African train and is forcibly ejected at Pietermaritzburg.

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