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.
Nipsey HussleNipsey Hussle
15 August 1985, American
Rapper
Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi
02 October 1869, Indian
Leader of Indian Independence Movement

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur
16 June 1971, American
Rapper

Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
12 February 1809, American
American President.

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

John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'
Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.
15 January 1929, American
Civil Rights Activist

Julius CaesarJulius Caesar
13 July 0100, Ancient Roman
 

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917, Indian
 

Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925, American
Minister
Selena QuintanillaSelena
16 April 1971, American
Singer, Songwriter

The Notorious BThe Notorious B.I.G.
21 May 1972, American
Rapper
CaligulaCaligula
31 August 0012, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
20 August 1944, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy
20 November 1925, American
Brother of President John F. Kennedy
Nicole Brown SimpsonNicole Brown Simpson
19 May 1959, German, American
Murdered Wife of O. J. Simpson

Phil HartmanPhil Hartman
24 September 1948, Canadian, American
Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian
Lee Harvey OswaldLee Harvey Oswald
18 October 1939, American
Armed force officer

Haile SelassieHaile Selassie
23 July 1892, Ethiopian
Former Emperor of Ethiopia

John Wilkes BoothJohn Wilkes Booth
10 May 1838, American
Assassinated Abraham Lincoln
William McKinleyWilliam McKinley
29 January 1843, American
President of the U.S.A

James A. GarfieldJames A. Garfield
19 November 1831, American
President of the U.S.A
Judith BarsiJudith Barsi
06 June 1978, American
Actress

CiceroCicero
03 January 0106, Italian, Ancient Roman
Philosopher, Political Theorist

Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto
21 June 1953, Pakistani
 

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk
22 May 1930, American
 
Pancho VillaPancho Villa
05 June 1878, Mexican
General
Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553, French
King of France, King of Navarre

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

Guru Gobind SinghGuru Gobind Singh
22 December 1666, Indian
Warrior

Sitting BullSitting Bull
1831 AD, American
Warrior
ShakaShaka
1787 AD, South African
Zulu Emperor

Huey LongHuey Long
30 August 1893, American
Politician

Henry III of FranceHenry III of France
19 September 1551, French
King of France

Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
17 February 1942, American
American political activist

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Sal MineoSal Mineo
10 January 1939, American
Actor
Sheikh Mujibur RahmanSheikh Mujibur Rahman
17 March 1920, Bangladeshi
First Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Anwar SadatAnwar Sadat
25 December 1918, Egyptian
Former President of Egypt
Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925, American
 

Emiliano ZapataEmiliano Zapata
08 August 1879, Mexican
Mexican Political figure

Phoolan DeviPhoolan Devi
10 August 1963, Indian
Politician, Brigand
DomitianDomitian
24 October 0051, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor

Thomas BecketThomas Becket
21 December 1118, British
Saint
Dominique DunneDominique Dunne
23 November 1959, American
Actress

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

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León
1474 AD, Spanish
Explorer

George I of GreeceGeorge I of Greece
24 December 1845, Greek
King of Greece

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
05 June 1898, Spanish
Poet
Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
26 June 1478, Spanish
Spanish conquistador

Liaquat Ali KhanLiaquat Ali Khan
01 October 1895, Pakistani
First Prime Minister of Pakistan

Peter III of RussiaPeter III of Russia
21 February 1728, Russian
Emperor of Russia

Carl SwitzerCarl Switzer
07 August 1927, American
Actor
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
Bonnie Lee BakleyBonnie Lee Bakley
07 June 1956, American
Actor

Lana ClarksonLana Clarkson
05 April 1962, American
Actress

Ahmad Shah MassoudAhmad Shah Massoud
02 September 1953, Afghan
Former Afghan Military & Political Leader
Gauri LankeshGauri Lankesh
29 January 1962, Indian
Activist, Journalist

Trevor BerbickTrevor Berbick
01 August 1954, Canadian, Jamaican
Boxer
Merlin SantanaMerlin Santana
14 March 1976, American
Actor

Juvenal HabyarimanaJuvénal Habyarimana
08 March 1937, Rwandan
President of Rwanda

Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Birendra of Nepal
28 December 1945, Nepalese
11th King of Nepal
Edith SteinEdith Stein
12 October 1891, German
Philosopher

John GeoghanJohn Geoghan
04 June 1935, American
Serial Child Rapist
Viola LiuzzoViola Liuzzo
11 April 1925, American
Civil Rights Activist

Monica SpearMónica Spear
01 October 1984, Venezuelan
Model, Actress

Barbara DalyBarbara Daly Baekeland
1922 AD, American
Socialite

CuauhtémocCuauhtémoc
1495 AD, Mexican
Last Aztec Emperor
Rafic HaririRafic Hariri
01 November 1944, Lebanese
Business tycoon
Ranasinghe Premadasa Ranasinghe Premadasa
23 June 1924, Sri Lankan
Third President of Sri Lanka

Archduke Franz Ferdinand Archduke Franz Ferdinand
18 December 1863, Austrian
The person whose assassination sparked the First

Augusto César SandinoAugusto César Sandino
18 May 1895, Nicaraguan
Nicaraguan revolutionary Leader

Kumbha of MewarKumbha of Mewar
1433 AD, Indian
Ruler of Mewar
Emperor Yang of SuiEmperor Yang of Sui
0569 AD, Chinese
Emperor of China’s Sui dynasty

Anastasio Somoza GarcíaAnastasio Somoza García
01 February 1896, Nicaraguan
President of Nicaragua

Khalil Al-WazirKhalil al-Wazir
10 October 1935, Palestinian
Palestinian Leader and co-founder of Fatah

Roque DaltonRoque Dalton
14 May 1935, Salvadoran
Poet

Alexander SeverusAlexander Severus
01 October 0208, Italian
Roman Emperor
General Aung SanGeneral Aung San
13 February 1915, Burmese
Politician

Yane SandanskiYane Sandanski
18 May 1872, Bulgarian
National Hero in Bulgaria
Lil JoJoLil JoJo
06 April 1994, American
Hip-Hop Artist

AjatasatruAjatasatru
0492 BC, Indian
King

Óscar RomeroÓscar Romero
15 August 1917, Salvadoran
Archbishop of San Salvador
Alexandra FeodorovnaAlexandra Feodorovna
06 June 1872, German
Saint

Andrés EscobarAndrés Escobar
13 March 1967, Colombian
Association football player
Rafael TrujilloRafael Trujillo
24 October 1891, Dominican
President

PertinaxPertinax
01 August 0126, Italian
Emperor

George TillerGeorge Tiller
08 August 1941, American
Physician, Officer, Gynaecologist

J. Christopher StevensJ. Christopher Stevens
01 April 1960, American
politician, lawyer, diplomat
Samuel DoeSamuel Doe
06 May 1951, Liberian
Military personnel

Stepan BanderaStepan Bandera
01 January 1909, Ukrainian
Political leader
Hendrik VerwoerdHendrik Verwoerd
08 September 1901, South African
Politician, University teacher, Faculty

Jean-Jacques DessalinesJean-Jacques Dessalines
20 September 1758, Haitian
Haitian general

Julius NeposJulius Nepos
0430 AD, Italian
Emperor

Ramon NovarroRamon Novarro
06 February 1899, Spanish, Mexican, American
Actor
Laurent-Désiré KabilaLaurent-Désiré Kabila
27 November 1939, Congolese