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 John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 35th President of the United States
Birthdate: May 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brookline
Died: November 22, 1963

 2 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: American President.
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 15, 1865
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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 3 Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 13, 1996

 4 Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr .
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: January 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Died: April 4, 1968
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 5 Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi.
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Famous As: Leader of Indian Independence Movement
Birthdate: October 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British Indian Empire
Died: January 30, 1948

 6 John Lennon

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

Malcolm X.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: February 21, 1965
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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 8 Selena

Selena.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lake Jackson, Texas, United States
Died: March 31, 1995
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 9 The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G..
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 9, 1997
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 10 Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar.
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Famous As: Former Roman dictator
Birthdate: July 13, 0100
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 15, 0044

 11 Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle.
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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.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: November 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: October 31, 1984

 13 Caligula

Caligula.
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Famous As: Roman Emperor
Birthdate: August 31, 0012
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Anzio, Italy
Died: January 24, 0041

 14 Robert F. Kennedy

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

 15 Grigori Rasputin

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

 16 Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace.
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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)

 17 Nicole Brown Simpson

Nicole Brown Simpson.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Murdered Wife of O. J. Simpson
Birthdate: May 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: June 12, 1994
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 18 James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: November 19, 1831
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moreland Hills
Died: September 19, 1881

 19 William McKinley

William McKinley.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: January 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Niles
Died: September 14, 1901
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 20 Haile Selassie

Haile Selassie.
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Famous As: Former Emperor of Ethiopia
Birthdate: July 23, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ejersa Goro, Imperial Ethiopia
Died: August 27, 1975
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 21 John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Assassinated Abraham Lincoln
Birthdate: May 10, 1838
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bel Air
Died: April 26, 1865

 22 Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman.
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Famous As: Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian
Birthdate: September 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brantford
Died: May 28, 1998
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 23 Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi.
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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

 24 Cicero

Cicero.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Philosopher, Political Theorist
Birthdate: January 3, 0106
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arpinum, Roman Republic, modern Arpino, Lazio, Italy
Died: December 7, 0043

 25 Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karachi
Died: December 27, 2007

 26 Huey P. Newton

Huey Newton.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: American political activist
Birthdate: February 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe
Died: August 22, 1989

 27 Judith Barsi

Judith Barsi.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Died: July 25, 1988

 28 Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: General
Birthdate: June 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Durango
Died: July 20, 1923

 29 Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Archduke Franz Ferdinand .
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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

 30 Sitting Bull

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

 31 Henry IV of France

Henry IV of France.
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Famous As: King of France, King of Navarre
Birthdate: December 13, 1553
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Died: May 14, 1610

 32 Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woodmere
Died: November 27, 1978

 33 Guru Gobind Singh

Guru Gobind Singh.
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Famous As: Warrior
Birthdate: December 22, 1666
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Patna
Died: October 7, 1708

 34 Huey Long

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

 35 Dian Fossey

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

 36 Shaka

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

 37 Alexandra Feodorovna

Alexandra Feodorovna.
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: June 6, 1872
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Darmstadt
Died: July 17, 1918

 38 Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers.
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Decatur, Mississippi U.S.
Died: June 12, 1963

 39 Peter III of Russia

Peter III of Russia.
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Famous As: Emperor of Russia
Birthdate: February 21, 1728
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiel
Died: July 17, 1762

 40 Qasem Soleimani

Qasem Soleimani.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Commander of Quds Force
Birthdate: March 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Qanat-e Malek, Kerman, Iran
Died: January 3, 2020

 41 Henry III of France

Henry III of France.
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Famous As: King of France
Birthdate: September 19, 1551
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palace of Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau
Died: August 2, 1589

 42 Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: December 21, 1118
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheapside
Died: December 29, 1170

 43 Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
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Famous As: Empress of Austria
Birthdate: December 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: September 10, 1898

 44 Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: October 2, 2018

 45 Juan Ponce de León

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

 46 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Birthdate: March 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tungipara Upazila
Died: August 15, 1975

 47 Phoolan Devi

Phoolan Devi.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Brigand
Birthdate: August 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uttar Pradesh
Died: July 25, 2001

 48 Razia Sultana

Razia Sultana.
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Famous As: First Female Sultan of Delhi
Birthdate: 1205 AD
Died: October 14, 1240

 49 Anwar Sadat

Anwar Sadat.
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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

 50 Emiliano Zapata

Emiliano Zapata.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Mexican Political figure
Birthdate: August 8, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anenecuilco, Mexico
Died: April 10, 1919