Famous People Who Were Assassinated

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.

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 1 Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur
150
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 13, 1996

 2 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
67
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: 16th President of the United States (1861-1865)
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Larue County, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 15, 1865
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 3 Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.
61
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist, Minister
Birthdate: January 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: April 4, 1968
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 4 John Lennon

John Lennon
81
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: December 8, 1980
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 5 Malcolm X

Malcolm X
50
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Major Figure of American Civil Rights Movement
Birthdate: May 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: February 21, 1965
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 6 Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar
46
Famous As: Roman dictator
Birthdate: June 30, 0100
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 15, 0044

 7 Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi
146
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Leader of Indian Independence Movement
Birthdate: October 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porbandar, India
Died: January 30, 1948
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 8 Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace
20
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: December 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died: July 15, 1997
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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 9 Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy
16
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: United States Senator, Brother of President John F. Kennedy
Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts
Died: June 6, 1968

 10 Grigori Rasputin

Grigori Rasputin
28
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Peasant
Birthdate: January 21, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pokrovskoe, Russia
Died: December 30, 1916
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 11 Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle
50
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: March 31, 2019
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 12 Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi
40
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 3rd Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: November 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: October 31, 1984

 13 Caligula

Caligula
19
Famous As: Roman Emperor (37-41 AD)
Birthdate: August 31, 0012
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Anzio, Italy
Died: January 24, 0041

 14 Henry IV of France

Henry IV of France
6
Famous As: King of France (1589-1610)
Birthdate: December 13, 1553
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pau, France
Died: May 14, 1610

 15 Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey
2
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Zoologist, Conservationist
Birthdate: January 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: December 26, 1985

 16 Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky
34
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs of the Soviet Union (1918-1925)
Birthdate: November 7, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bereslavka, Ukraine
Died: August 21, 1940
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 17 James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield
12
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 20th President of the United States (1881)
Birthdate: November 19, 1831
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moreland Hills, Ohio, United States
Died: September 19, 1881

 18 Cicero

Cicero
16
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: January 3, 0106
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arpino, Italy
Died: December 7, 0043

 19 Alexander II of Russia

Alexander II of Russia
8
Famous As: Emperor of Russia (1855-1881)
Birthdate: April 29, 1818
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 13, 1881

 20 Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
Birthdate: June 18, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 17, 1918

 21 Juan Ponce de León

Juan Ponce de León
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 1474 AD
Birthplace: Santervás de Campos
Died: June 30, 1521

 22 Xerxes I

Xerxes I
12
Famous As: King of Kings of the Achaemenid Empire (486-465)
Birthdate: 0519 BC
Birthplace: Achaemenid Empire
Died: July 31, 0466

 23 Lord Mountbatten

Lord Mountbatten
25
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Last Viceroy of British India
Birthdate: June 25, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frogmore House, Windsor, England
Died: August 27, 1979

 24 Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Archduke Franz Ferdinand
6
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: The person whose assassination sparked the First World War
Birthdate: December 18, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: June 28, 1914

 25 William McKinley

William McKinley
23
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 25th President of the United States
Birthdate: January 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Niles, Ohio, United States
Died: September 14, 1901

 26 Kiki Camarena

Kiki Camarena
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Police officer & Undercover Agent
Birthdate: July 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexicali, Mexico
Died: February 9, 1985

 27 Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull
3
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Warrior
Birthdate: 1831 AD
Birthplace: Grand River
Died: December 15, 1890

 28 Francisco Pizarro

Francisco Pizarro
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Spanish conquistador
Birthdate: June 26, 1478
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trujillo, Spain
Died: June 26, 1541

 29 Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa
12
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Governor of Chihuahua (1913-14)
Birthdate: June 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: La Coyotada, Mexico
Died: July 20, 1923

 30 Steve McNair

Steve McNair
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: February 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Olive, Mississippi, USA
Died: July 4, 2009
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 31 Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk
10
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from the 5th district (1978)
Birthdate: May 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woodmere, New York, United States
Died: November 27, 1978

 32 Pompey

Pompey
2
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Roman General
Birthdate: September 29, 0106
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Picenum
Died: September 28, 0048

 33 Huey Long

Huey Long
8
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 30, 1893
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winnfield
Died: September 10, 1935

 34 Federico García Lorca

Federico García Lorca
1
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet, playwright
Birthdate: June 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fuente Vaqueros, Spain
Died: August 19, 1936

 35 Shaka

Shaka
2
Famous As: Zulu Emperor
Birthdate: 1787 AD
Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: September 22, 1828

 36 Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers
4
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Civil rights activist
Birthdate: July 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Decatur, Mississippi, United States
Died: June 12, 1963

 37 Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Empress Elisabeth of Austria
3
Famous As: Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary (1854-1898)
Birthdate: December 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: September 10, 1898

 38 Steve Biko

Steve Biko
3
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Anti-apartheid Activist
Birthdate: December 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tarkastad, South Africa
Died: September 12, 1977

 39 Paul I of Russia

Paul I of Russia
3
Famous As: Emperor of Russia (1796-1801)
Birthdate: October 1, 1754
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 24, 1801

 40 Ahmad Shah Massoud

Ahmad Shah Massoud
34
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Minister of Defense of Afghanistan (1992-2001)
Birthdate: September 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bazarak, Afghanistan
Died: September 9, 2001

 41 Emiliano Zapata

Emiliano Zapata
3
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: August 8, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anenecuilco, Mexico
Died: April 10, 1919
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 42 Faisal of Saudi Arabia

Faisal of Saudi Arabia
4
Famous As: King of Saudi Arabia (1964-75)
Birthdate: April 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: March 25, 1975

 43 Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi
23
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: August 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: May 21, 1991

 44 Anwar Sadat

Anwar Sadat
6
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Egypt
Birthdate: December 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mit Abu al-Kum
Died: October 6, 1981

 45 Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara
5
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Burkina Faso (1983-87)
Birthdate: December 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yako, Burkina Faso
Died: October 15, 1987

 46 Domitian

Domitian
4
Famous As: Roman Emperor
Birthdate: October 24, 0051
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome
Died: September 18, 0096

 47 George I of Greece

George I of Greece
1
Famous As: King of Greece (1863-1916)
Birthdate: December 24, 1845
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 18, 1913

 48 Peter III of Russia

Peter III of Russia
7
Famous As: Emperor of Russia (1762)
Birthdate: February 21, 1728
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiel, Germany
Died: July 17, 1772

 49 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
15
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1972-75)
Birthdate: March 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tungipara, Bangladesh
Died: August 15, 1975

 50 Jo Cox

Jo Cox
4
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Batley, West Yorshire, England, UK
Died: June 16, 2016