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.
(Civil Rights Activist)

15 January 1929

American

Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi
(Leader of Indian Independence Movement)

02 October 1869

Indian

Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
(American President.)

12 February 1809

American

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

29 May 1917

American

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur

16 June 1971

American

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

09 October 1940

British

Julius CaesarJulius Caesar

13 July 0100

Ancient Roman

Malcolm XMalcolm X
(Minister)

19 May 1925

American

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi

19 November 1917

Indian

Selena QuintanillaSelena
(Singer, Songwriter)

16 April 1971

American

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

21 May 1972

American

Griselda BlancoGriselda Blanco
(Drug Trafficker)

15 February 1943

Colombian

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

20 November 1925

American

Phil HartmanPhil Hartman
(Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian)

24 September 1948

Canadian,American

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
(Former Prime Minister of India)

20 August 1944

Indian

CaligulaCaligula
(Roman Emperor)

31 August 0012

Ancient Roman

Lee Harvey OswaldLee Harvey Oswald
(Armed force officer)

18 October 1939

American

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

29 January 1843

American

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John DillingerJohn Dillinger
(Bank Robber)

22 June 1903

American

Nicole Brown SimpsonNicole Brown Simpson
(Murdered Wife of O. J. Simpson)

19 May 1959

German,American

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

19 November 1831

American

Haile SelassieHaile Selassie
(Former Emperor of Ethiopia)

23 July 1892

Ethiopian

John Wilkes BoothJohn Wilkes Booth
(Assassinated Abraham Lincoln)

10 May 1838

American

Jesse JamesJesse James
(American Outlaw & Gang Leader)

05 September 1847

American

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Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto

21 June 1953

Pakistani

CiceroCicero
(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

Italian,Ancient Roman

Judith BarsiJudith Barsi
(Actress)

06 June 1978

American

Guru Gobind SinghGuru Gobind Singh
(Warrior)

22 December 1666

Indian

Pancho VillaPancho Villa
(General)

05 June 1878

Mexican

Sitting BullSitting Bull
(Warrior)

1831 AD

American

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Dean CorllDean Corll
(Serial Killer)

24 December 1939

American

Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
(American political activist)

17 February 1942

American

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

13 December 1553

French

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

19 September 1551

French

Medgar EversMedgar Evers

02 July 1925

American

Dian FosseyDian Fossey
(Zoologist, Conservationist)

16 January 1932

Rwandan,American

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Harvey MilkHarvey Milk

22 May 1930

American

Bonnie Lee BakleyBonnie Lee Bakley
(Actor)

07 June 1956

American

Phoolan DeviPhoolan Devi
(Politician, Brigand)

10 August 1963

Indian

Thomas BecketThomas Becket
(Saint)

21 December 1118

British

ShakaShaka
(Zulu Emperor)

1787 AD

South African

Sal MineoSal Mineo
(Actor)

10 January 1939

American

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Huey LongHuey Long
(Politician)

30 August 1893

American

Carl SwitzerCarl Switzer
(Actor)

07 August 1927

American

Emiliano ZapataEmiliano Zapata
(Mexican Political figure)

08 August 1879

Mexican

Baby Face NelsonBaby Face Nelson
(Robber)

06 December 1908

American

Anwar SadatAnwar Sadat
(Former President of Egypt)

25 December 1918

Egyptian

Dominique DunneDominique Dunne
(Actress)

23 November 1959

American

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

17 March 1920

Bangladeshi

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León
(Explorer)

1474 AD

Spanish

Anthony SpilotroAnthony Spilotro
(Mobster)

19 May 1938

American

Faisal of Saudi ArabiaFaisal of Saudi Arabia
(Former King of Saudi Arabia)

14 April 1906

Saudi Arabian

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
(Spanish conquistador)

26 June 1478

Spanish

Razia SultanaRazia Sultana
(First Female Sultan of Delhi)

1205 AD

Indian

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

21 February 1728

Russian

George Lincoln RockwellGeorge Lincoln Rockwell
(Politician)

09 March 1918

American

Lana ClarksonLana Clarkson
(Actress)

05 April 1962

American

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
(Poet)

05 June 1898

Spanish

DomitianDomitian
(Roman Emperor)

24 October 0051

Ancient Roman

George I of GreeceGeorge I of Greece
(King of Greece)

24 December 1845

Greek

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Roy DeMeoRoy DeMeo
(Gangster)

07 September 1942

American

Merlin SantanaMerlin Santana
(Actor)

14 March 1976

American

Danny GreeneDanny Greene
(Gangster)

14 November 1933

American

Trevor BerbickTrevor Berbick
(Boxer)

01 August 1954

Canadian,Jamaican

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

01 October 1895

Pakistani

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

02 September 1953

Afghan

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John GeoghanJohn Geoghan
(Serial Child Rapist)

04 June 1935

American

Juvenal HabyarimanaJuvénal Habyarimana
(President of Rwanda)

08 March 1937

Rwandan

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

28 December 1945

Nepalese

Monica SpearMónica Spear
(Model, Actress)

01 October 1984

Venezuelan

Viola LiuzzoViola Liuzzo
(Civil Rights Activist)

11 April 1925

American

Edith SteinEdith Stein
(Philosopher)

12 October 1891

German

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Gauri LankeshGauri Lankesh
(Activist, Journalist)

29 January 1962

Indian

Rafic HaririRafic Hariri
(Business tycoon)

01 November 1944

Lebanese

CuauhtémocCuauhtémoc
(Last Aztec Emperor)

1495 AD

Mexican

Barbara DalyBarbara Daly Baekeland
(Socialite)

1922 AD

American

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

18 December 1863

Austrian

Augusto César SandinoAugusto César Sandino
(Nicaraguan revolutionary Leader)

18 May 1895

Nicaraguan

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Kumbha of MewarKumbha of Mewar
(Ruler of Mewar)

1433 AD

Indian

Ranasinghe Premadasa Ranasinghe Premadasa
(Third President of Sri Lanka)

23 June 1924

Sri Lankan

Anastasio Somoza GarcíaAnastasio Somoza García
(President of Nicaragua)

01 February 1896

Nicaraguan