Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869. He was born in a merchant caste in Western India. Later in his amazing life, he led India into independence and inspired civil rights across the world. Gandhi was later the leader of 1/5 of the world's population, Hinduism. He would lead peaceful boycotts of civil disobedience. Gandhi was later killed by a fanatic in 1948.
When Gandhi was young, he thought of himself as a coward. Everyday, he would be at school at the stroke of the hour and literally run back home from school. "I was even afraid lest anyone should poke fun at me". At night, he used to be haunted by the fear of thieves, ghosts, and even serpents. He did not dare stay outdoors at night. At night, he would be almost impossible for him to sleep, due to the fact that he would imagine ghosts, thieves, and serpents coming to him in different directions. He needed to sleep with a light.
On June 7, 1893, during a train trip to Pretoria, a white man objected to his presence in the first-class compartments, although he had a ticket. Since Gandhi had refused to get off the train, he was forcibly removed from the train. This act of civil disobedience gave him more determination. Later in his life he led many peaceful marches, like the Salt March.
Sources: Gandhi The Man by Eknath Easwaran http://www.biography.com/people/mahatma-gandhi-9305898