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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June 6, 1984 – Indian Army storms Sikh Golden Temple

June 6, 1984 – Indian Army storms Sikh Golden Temple

In a bloody climax to two years of fighting between the Indian government and Sikh separatists, Indian army troops fight their way into the besieged Golden Temple compound in Amritsar–the holiest shrine of Sikhism–and kill at least 500 Sikh rebels.

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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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