Assassinations are murders of a political nature, and their impacts often have far-reaching consequences that affect not just the immediate family of the deceased person but far beyond that. When Archduke Franz Ferdinand, nephew of Emperor Franz Josef and heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was assassinated in 1914, the incident triggered off events that led to the World War I. Years later, in a different continent, another world-shaking assassination took place—M. K. Gandhi, known as the man responsible of gaining independence for India and preacher of peace, was shot dead by a frenzied man called Nathuram Godse. In 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of United States was on a political campaign in Dallas where he was shot dead in one of the century’s most shocking assassinations. His assassination gave rise to a number of conspiracy theories and made the headlines for weeks. More recently, in 2007, the then-leader of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party was assassinated after a political rally at Liaquat National Bagh. Throughout history there have been several political leaders as well as human rights activists who have been assassinated. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous people who were assassinated.
Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.
15 January 1929, American
Civil Rights Activist
Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi
02 October 1869, Indian
Leader of Indian Independence Movement

Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925, American
Activist

John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy
29 May 1917, American
35th President of the United States

Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
12 February 1809, American
American President.

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur
16 June 1971, American
Rapper
Nipsey HussleNipsey Hussle
15 August 1985, American
Rapper

John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'

Julius CaesarJulius Caesar
13 July 0100, Ancient Roman
Former Roman dictator
The Notorious B.I.G.The Notorious B.I.G.
21 May 1972, American
Rapper

SelenaSelena
16 April 1971, American
Singer
Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy
20 November 1925, American
Brother of President John F. Kennedy

Phil HartmanPhil Hartman
24 September 1948, Canadian, American
Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian

Lee Harvey OswaldLee Harvey Oswald
18 October 1939, American
Armed force officer

CaligulaCaligula
31 August 0012, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor
Nicole Brown SimpsonNicole Brown Simpson
19 May 1959, German, American
Murdered Wife of O. J. Simpson

William McKinleyWilliam McKinley
29 January 1843, American
President of the U.S.A

Guru Gobind SinghGuru Gobind Singh
22 December 1666, Indian
Warrior

James A. GarfieldJames A. Garfield
19 November 1831, American
President of the U.S.A
John Wilkes BoothJohn Wilkes Booth
10 May 1838, American
Assassinated Abraham Lincoln

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
20 August 1944, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India
Haile SelassieHaile Selassie
23 July 1892, Ethiopian
Former Emperor of Ethiopia

Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto
21 June 1953, Pakistani
 

CiceroCicero
03 January 0106, Italian, Ancient Roman
Philosopher, Political Theorist
Phoolan DeviPhoolan Devi
10 August 1963, Indian
Politician, Brigand

Judith BarsiJudith Barsi
06 June 1978, American
Actress
Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
17 February 1942, American
American political activist

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk
22 May 1930, American
 

Pancho VillaPancho Villa
05 June 1878, Mexican
General
Sheikh Mujibur RahmanSheikh Mujibur Rahman
17 March 1920, Bangladeshi
First Prime Minister of Bangladesh

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Empress Elisabeth of AustriaEmpress Elisabeth of Austria
24 December 1837, Austrian, German
Empress of Austria
Peter III of RussiaPeter III of Russia
21 February 1728, Russian
Emperor of Russia

Sitting BullSitting Bull
1831 AD, American
Warrior

Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553, French
King of France, King of Navarre

Huey LongHuey Long
30 August 1893, American
Politician
Henry III of FranceHenry III of France
19 September 1551, French
King of France
Anwar SadatAnwar Sadat
25 December 1918, Egyptian
Former President of Egypt

ShakaShaka
1787 AD, South African
Zulu Emperor

Thomas BecketThomas Becket
21 December 1118, British
Saint

Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925, American
 
Sal MineoSal Mineo
10 January 1939, American
Actor

Dominique DunneDominique Dunne
23 November 1959, American
Actress

Dian FosseyDian Fossey
16 January 1932, Rwandan, American
Zoologist, Conservationist

Emiliano ZapataEmiliano Zapata
08 August 1879, Mexican
Mexican Political figure

ElagabalusElagabalus
0204 AD, Ancient Roman
Emperor of Rome
Lana ClarksonLana Clarkson
05 April 1962, American
Actress

Brandon TeenaBrandon Teena
12 December 1972, American
Young American Trans Man
Faisal of Saudi ArabiaFaisal of Saudi Arabia
14 April 1906, Saudi Arabian
Former King of Saudi Arabia

George Lincoln RockwellGeorge Lincoln Rockwell
09 March 1918, American
Politician

DomitianDomitian
24 October 0051, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor
Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León
1474 AD, Spanish
Explorer

Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688, Iranian
Ruler
George I of GreeceGeorge I of Greece
24 December 1845, Greek
King of Greece

Razia SultanaRazia Sultana
1205 AD, Indian
First Female Sultan of Delhi

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743, Swiss, French
Physician

AlcibiadesAlcibiades
0450 BC, Greek
Athenian Statesman

GermanicusGermanicus
24 May 0015, Italian
Roman General
Roger TroutmanRoger Troutman
29 November 1951, American
Singer

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
26 June 1478, Spanish
Spanish conquistador

Rafael Leónidas Trujillo MolinaRafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina
24 October 1891, Dominican
Former President of the Dominican Republic

Carl SwitzerCarl Switzer
07 August 1927, American
Actor
Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
05 June 1898, Spanish
Poet

PertinaxPertinax
01 August 0126, Ancient Roman
Military Leader
Bonnie Lee BakleyBonnie Lee Bakley
07 June 1956, American
Actor

GalbaGalba
24 December 0003, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor

Liaquat Ali KhanLiaquat Ali Khan
01 October 1895, Pakistani
First Prime Minister of Pakistan
Trevor BerbickTrevor Berbick
01 August 1954, Canadian, Jamaican
Boxer

Ahmad Shah MassoudAhmad Shah Massoud
02 September 1953, Afghan
Former Afghan Military & Political Leader
AurelianAurelian
09 September 0214, Bulgarian
Emperor

Edward the MartyrEdward the Martyr
0962 AD, British
King of England

Gauri LankeshGauri Lankesh
29 January 1962, Indian
Activist, Journalist
John GeoghanJohn Geoghan
04 June 1935, American
Serial Child Rapist

Ngo Dinh DiemNgo Dinh Diem
03 January 1901, Vietnamese
President of Vietnam
Óscar RomeroÓscar Romero
15 August 1917, Salvadoran
Archbishop of San Salvador

Merlin SantanaMerlin Santana
14 March 1976, American
Actor

Blaze FoleyBlaze Foley
18 December 1949, American
Singer

Ivan VI of RussiaIvan VI of Russia
23 August 1740, Russian
Emperor of Russia
Archduke Franz Ferdinand Archduke Franz Ferdinand
18 December 1863, Austrian
The person whose assassination sparked the First
James I of ScotlandJames I of Scotland
10 December 1394, Scottish
King of Scotland

Edith SteinEdith Stein
12 October 1891, German
Philosopher

Hendrik VerwoerdHendrik Verwoerd
08 September 1901, South African
Politician

Ali Abdullah SalehAli Abdullah Saleh
21 March 1947, Yemeni
First President of the Republic of Yemen
Alexander I of YugoslaviaAlexander I of Yugoslavia
16 December 1888, Yugoslav, Serbian
King

Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Birendra of Nepal
28 December 1945, Nepalese
11th King of Nepal

Jean-Jacques DessalinesJean-Jacques Dessalines
20 September 1758, Guinean, Haitian
Haitian General

Rafic HaririRafic Hariri
01 November 1944, Lebanese
Business tycoon

Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of RussiaGrand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia
04 December 1878, Russian
Military Leader
Barbara DalyBarbara Daly Baekeland
1922 AD, American
Socialite

CuauhtémocCuauhtémoc
1495 AD, Mexican
Last Aztec Emperor
Monica SpearMónica Spear
01 October 1984, Venezuelan
Model, Actress

Juvenal HabyarimanaJuvénal Habyarimana
08 March 1937, Rwandan
President of Rwanda
Venustiano CarranzaVenustiano Carranza
29 December 1859, Mexican
Politician
Viola LiuzzoViola Liuzzo
11 April 1925, American
Civil Rights Activist