On March 10, 1922, Mahatma Gandhi was arrested and
charged with sedition for leading a campaign of mass civil
disobedience against the British in India. He was then convicted and
sentenced to six years in prison. After his release, Gandhi
continued to build Indian unity and use civil disobedience and
non-cooperation to oppose British rule in his country, culminating
in the Salt
March of 1930 and eventual Indian independence in
Learn more about Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian Freedom Struggle from the archives of the government of India.
On March 10, 1969, James Earl Ray was sentenced to
99 years in prison for the murder of civil rights leader Martin
Luther King, Jr.. Ray died in 1998, still seeking a retrial of his
On December 9th, 1999, a Memphis jury handed down a verdict agreeing with the King family that the 1968 assassination of the civil rights leader was a conspiracy rather than the act of a lone gunman. Learn more about the trial and the assassination from The King Center in Atlanta.