1835 The first battle of the Texas Revolution took place as American settlers defeated a Mexican cavalry. (See March 2nd entry.)
1836 Charles Darwin returned to England. (See February 12th entry.)
1869 The Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi was born.
1890 Groueho Marx was born.
1990 The Senate confirmed the Supreme Court nomination of Justice David H. Souter. (See September 17th entry.)
Mohandas K. Gandhi was the great modem apostle of nonviolent civil disobedience. The Mahatma used those tactics to gain respect for East Indians living in South Africa. He used the same strategy to lead his native India to independence from British rule. Gandhi was born on this day in 1869. In a strange twist of fate, he himself met a violent death, in New Delhi, in 1948. But Mahatma Gandhi taught the world that if you speak peacefully and make sense, people will listen and will act on what you say.
Groucho Marx was legendary for his wit. Like other famous actors, Groucho listed different years for his birth at different times in his life. We are certain that he was born in Manhattan on this day, but we’re not to sure if it was in 1890, 1891, 1889, never mind. It was Groucho who said once that he would never join any club that would accept him as a member. And as a matter of fact, he remained in a league all of his own.