Thursday, April 5, 2007

On April 5, ....

... 1930, Mohandas K. Gandhi ended a 3-1/2-week, 240-mile march to the seaside at Dandi, where the next morning he scraped salt from the shore in defiance of salt-tax laws. This nonviolent Salt Satyagraha, which began with 78 followers and ended with thousands, was a watershed moment of resistance to British rule in India.
... 1947, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines, was born.
... 1999, Libya surrendered 2 suspects in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 270 aboard were killed. As detailed by our colleague Michael P. Scharf in 2001, the suspects later were tried before Scottish judges applying Scottish law at an abandoned U.S. military base in the Netherlands.

1 comment:

Patrick said...

In case anyone is interested: The best biography of Gandhi is written by Judith Brown; the best studies of his moral/spiritual and political philosophy are by Raghavan Iyer and Bhikhu Parekh; the best defense of Gandhi against his critics is by B.R. Nanda; the best selection of his writings (over 90 vols.) is a three volume work edited by Iyer (above); and one of the best recent discussions of the Salt Satyagraha is found in Dennis Dalton's Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action (1993).