• Birth of Gandhi

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2nd, 1869 as the third son of his Hindu family.
  • Gandhi leaves for London

    Gandhi leaves for London
    Against the wishes of his family, Gandhi goes to England to study law, but is exposed to the culture and society of Britain. In 1891, he became officially liscensed to practice law in court, so he returned home .
  • Gandhi leaves for South Africa

    Gandhi leaves for South Africa
    In 1893, Gandhi traveled to South Africa after being unsuccessful in India. The inequality and discrimination presented to him were crucial for his political standpoint and started his beliefs on anti-Britain/colonial rule.
  • Natal Indian Congress Founded

    Natal Indian Congress Founded
    In 1894, Gandhi helped found the Natal Indian Congress in the South African colony of Natal, which gives Indians a voice in South African Politics.
  • Indian Ambulance Corps

    Indian Ambulance Corps
    Sometime in 1899, Gandhi organized the Indian Ambulance Corps at the beginning of the second Boer War to help British Soldiers.
    Even though Gandhi didn't support the war, he created the IAC to show the British that Indians deserved the same rights as the British.
  • Gandhi Organizes his First Satyagraha

    Gandhi Organizes his First Satyagraha
    In 1904, Gandhi organized his first peaceful-protest, which is against the Transvaal Asiatic Amendments Act, which required many Indians in South Africa to have them give their fingerprints to the government. It was only repealed in 1911, but Gandhi continued fighting until then.
  • Gandhi Returns Home

    Gandhi return to India sometime in 1914. He continued to develop strategies to protest from what he did in South Africa.
  • Gandhi is Welcomed as a Hero

    Gandhi is Welcomed as a Hero
    By 1915, people had heard about his fight for Indian equality and is welcomed as a hero.
    Also, Gandhi established the Satyagraha Ashram, a "spiritual retreat" for his followers, a lot like the Pheonix Settlement.
    Gandhi also campainged for the rights of untouchables, and even invited a family of them to live on his farm.
  • Protests again the Rowlatt Acts

    Protests again the Rowlatt Acts
    In 1919, Gandhi helped organize protests against the Rowlatt Acts, which were designed to put and end to Indian nationalism and activism, especially public protests.
    Also, in 1919, British soldiers killed more than 350 unarmed Indians at the Sikh religious celebration. This became known as the "Armritsar Massacre," and Gandhi tried to accelerate his resistance of colonial rule.
  • The "Great Trial" Took Place

    The "Great Trial" Took Place
    The "Great Trial" Speech
    In 1922, British authorities arrested Gandhi. His trial, which took place on March 18, 1922, was known as the "Great Trial." Gandhi admitted guilty, but argued that he had done it only to protest for the inequalities of the Indian People. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison, but was let out after 2 years for fear of the public's response to Gandhi's illness.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. is Born

    Martin Luther King Jr. is Born
    Michael King, or Martin Luther King Jr. is born in Atlanta Georgia on January 15th, 1929.
  • Salt Act Protest

    Salt Act Protest
    Gandhi led a 200-mile march from his ashram (spiritual retreat) in Ahmedabad to a costal town, also in Gujarat, to protest the Salt Acts (1882). When he got to the coast, he picked up a piece of unprocessed salt, and violated the British Law.
    His march inspired thousands of Indians to follow his example of non-violent protests.
  • Fasting for the Untouchables

    Fasting for the Untouchables
    In 1932, Gandhi began his fast to protest the British proposal to create a separate electorate for the untouchable cast. He was criticized by some, but inspired many to become sympathetic to that caste.
    The fast ended when Indian and British leaders came together to make all Indians be included in the same electorate, regardless of their caste.
  • During World War II

    During World War II
    Great Britain had involved India in World War II without its consent, and British authorities began to be harsher for criticism of the war. In response, Gandhi lanched another satyagraha campgain, but resulted in the arrest of thousands of protesters.
  • The "Quit India" Movement

    The "Quit India" Movement
    The Indain National Congress passed the "Quit India" resolution, demanding that Great Britain should give India Independence. In support of the resolution, Gandhi launched his last nationwide satyagraha campaign, but was arrested.
  • Hindu - Muslim Tensions Rise

    Hindu - Muslim Tensions Rise
    After World War II, there was an uncertainty of India being independent. But this caused tension between Hindus and Muslims who both wanted to make sure they got an adequate representation in the government. They couldn't compromise, and Gandhi, who had been urging the Indian people to be in unity, no matter religion, worried about an India with religious boundaries.
  • King's Letter of Equality

    King's Letter of Equality
    The Atlanta Constitution publishes King's letter that black people are "entitled to the basic rights and opportunities of American citizens."
  • India's Independence, but Splitting

    India's Independence, but Splitting
    On August 14, 1947, India declared their independence from Great Britain. Gandhi's life-long goal was complete!
    But, the country ended up being divided into a Hindu area (India) and a Muslim area (Pakistan). Because of this, there was one of the largest migrations in history, with 10 million people forced to move.
  • Assasination of Gandhi

    Assasination of Gandhi
    On January 30th, 1948, Gandhi was killed at the hands of a Hindu Nationalist who opposed Gandhi's view on equalism for Hindus and Muslims. He died at the age of 78.
  • King Marries Coretta Scott

    King Marries Coretta Scott
    Martin Luther King Jr. Marries Coretta Scott.
  • King's House gets Bombed

    While King was speaking at a mass meeting, his house was bombed. Luckily, his wife and daughter were not injured. Even then, when he was outside the house, he urged people for non-violence.
  • Chairman of the SNLCT and SCLC

    Chairman of the SNLCT and SCLC
    King is elected as the chairman of the Southern Negro Leaders Conference on Transportation and the Nonviolent Integration (later known as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference).
  • Connection between Gandhi and King

    King goes to India to meet with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and many of Gandhi’s followers.
  • MLK Meets with JFK

    MLK Meets with JFK
    King meets with President Kennedy and urges him to issue a second emancipation proclamation to end racial segregation.
  • I have a Dream

    I have a Dream
    King presents his most famous speech, his "I have a dream..." speech.
  • MLK recieves Nobel Piece Prize

    MLK recieves Nobel Piece Prize
    King recieves the Nobel Piece Prize, which he says he will use for the ongoing civil rights struggle.
  • King is Assasinated

    King is Assasinated
    James Earl Ray assassinates King on April 9th, 1968. King was only 39, a little more than half the age of Gandhi when he died.