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.
Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi
(Leader of Indian Independence Movement)

02 October 1869

Indian

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur

16 June 1971

American

Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
(American President.)

12 February 1809

American

John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy
(35th President of the United States)

29 May 1917

American

Julius CaesarJulius Caesar

13 July 0100

Ancient Roman

John LennonJohn Lennon
(Co-founder of 'The Beatles')

09 October 1940

British

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.
(Civil Rights Activist)

15 January 1929

American

The Notorious BThe Notorious B.I.G.
(Rapper)

21 May 1972

American

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi

19 November 1917

Indian

Selena QuintanillaSelena
(Singer, Songwriter)

16 April 1971

American

Malcolm XMalcolm X
(Minister)

19 May 1925

American

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy
(Brother of President John F. Kennedy)

20 November 1925

American

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
(Former Prime Minister of India)

20 August 1944

Indian

Griselda BlancoGriselda Blanco
(Drug Trafficker)

15 February 1943

Colombian

Phil HartmanPhil Hartman
(Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian)

24 September 1948

Canadian,American

CaligulaCaligula
(Roman Emperor)

31 August 0012

Ancient Roman

John DillingerJohn Dillinger
(Bank Robber)

22 June 1903

American

William McKinleyWilliam McKinley
(President of the U.S.A)

29 January 1843

American

Lee Harvey OswaldLee Harvey Oswald
(Armed force officer)

18 October 1939

American

Sitting BullSitting Bull
(Warrior)

1831 AD

American

Haile SelassieHaile Selassie
(Former Emperor of Ethiopia)

23 July 1892

Ethiopian

Jesse JamesJesse James
(American Outlaw & Gang Leader)

05 September 1847

American

Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto

21 June 1953

Pakistani

James A. GarfieldJames A. Garfield
(President of the U.S.A)

19 November 1831

American

CiceroCicero
(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

Italian,Ancient Roman

John Wilkes BoothJohn Wilkes Booth
(Assassinated Abraham Lincoln)

10 May 1838

American

Pancho VillaPancho Villa
(General)

05 June 1878

Mexican

Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
(King of France, King of Navarre)

13 December 1553

French

Dean CorllDean Corll
(Serial Killer)

24 December 1939

American

Anwar SadatAnwar Sadat
(Former President of Egypt)

25 December 1918

Egyptian

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk

22 May 1930

American

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León
(Explorer)

1474 AD

Spanish

Razia SultanaRazia Sultana
(First Female Sultan of Delhi)

1205 AD

Indian

Dian FosseyDian Fossey
(Zoologist, Conservationist)

16 January 1932

Rwandan,American

Sheikh Mujibur RahmanSheikh Mujibur Rahman
(First Prime Minister of Bangladesh)

17 March 1920

Bangladeshi

Henry III of FranceHenry III of France
(King of France)

19 September 1551

French

Huey LongHuey Long
(Politician)

30 August 1893

American

ShakaShaka
(Zulu Emperor)

1787 AD

South African

Baby Face NelsonBaby Face Nelson
(Robber)

06 December 1908

American

Guru Gobind SinghGuru Gobind Singh
(Warrior)

22 December 1666

Indian

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
(Spanish conquistador)

26 June 1478

Spanish

Phoolan DeviPhoolan Devi
(Politician, Brigand)

10 August 1963

Indian

Thomas BecketThomas Becket
(Saint)

21 December 1118

British

Emiliano ZapataEmiliano Zapata
(Mexican Political figure)

08 August 1879

Mexican

Carl SwitzerCarl Switzer
(Actor)

07 August 1927

American

Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
(American political activist)

17 February 1942

American

Sal MineoSal Mineo
(Actor)

10 January 1939

American

DomitianDomitian
(Roman Emperor)

24 October 0051

Ancient Roman

Medgar EversMedgar Evers

02 July 1925

American

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
(Poet)

05 June 1898

Spanish

Peter III of RussiaPeter III of Russia
(Emperor of Russia)

21 February 1728

Russian

Liaquat Ali KhanLiaquat Ali Khan
(First Prime Minister of Pakistan)

01 October 1895

Pakistani

Danny GreeneDanny Greene
(Gangster)

14 November 1933

American

Ahmad Shah MassoudAhmad Shah Massoud
(Former Afghan Military & Political Leader)

02 September 1953

Afghan

Roy DeMeoRoy DeMeo
(Gangster)

07 September 1942

American

John GeoghanJohn Geoghan
(Serial Child Rapist)

04 June 1935

American

Trevor BerbickTrevor Berbick
(Boxer)

01 August 1954

Canadian,Jamaican

Gauri LankeshGauri Lankesh
(Activist, Journalist)

29 January 1962

Indian

Merlin SantanaMerlin Santana
(Actor)

14 March 1976

American

Edith SteinEdith Stein
(Philosopher)

12 October 1891

German

Bonnie Lee BakleyBonnie Lee Bakley
(Actor)

07 June 1956

American

Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Birendra of Nepal
(11th King of Nepal)

28 December 1945

Nepalese

Juvenal HabyarimanaJuvénal Habyarimana
(President of Rwanda)

08 March 1937

Rwandan

Rafic HaririRafic Hariri
(Business tycoon)

01 November 1944

Lebanese

Monica SpearMónica Spear
(Model, Actress)

01 October 1984

Venezuelan

CuauhtémocCuauhtémoc
(Last Aztec Emperor)

1495 AD

Mexican

Viola LiuzzoViola Liuzzo
(Civil Rights Activist)

11 April 1925

American

Anastasio Somoza GarcíaAnastasio Somoza García
(President of Nicaragua)

01 February 1896

Nicaraguan

Barbara DalyBarbara Daly Baekeland
(Socialite)

1922 AD

American

Kumbha of MewarKumbha of Mewar
(Ruler of Mewar)

1433 AD

Indian

Augusto César SandinoAugusto César Sandino
(Nicaraguan revolutionary Leader)

18 May 1895

Nicaraguan

Ranasinghe Premadasa Ranasinghe Premadasa
(Third President of Sri Lanka)

23 June 1924

Sri Lankan

Óscar RomeroÓscar Romero
(Archbishop of San Salvador)

15 August 1917

Salvadoran

Emperor Yang of SuiEmperor Yang of Sui
(Emperor of China’s Sui dynasty)

0569 AD

Chinese

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Archduke Franz Ferdinand
(The person whose assassination sparked the First World War)

18 December 1863

Austrian

Khalil Al-WazirKhalil al-Wazir
(Palestinian Leader and co-founder of Fatah)

10 October 1935

Palestinian

Alexander SeverusAlexander Severus
(Roman Emperor)

01 October 0208

Italian

Roque DaltonRoque Dalton
(Poet)

14 May 1935

Salvadoran

General Aung SanGeneral Aung San
(Politician)

13 February 1915

Burmese

Lil JoJoLil JoJo
(Hip-Hop Artist)

06 April 1994

American

Yane SandanskiYane Sandanski
(National Hero in Bulgaria)

18 May 1872

Bulgarian