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.
31
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 Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur.
60
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
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 3 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln.
21
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
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)

 4 Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr..
12
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 John Lennon

John Lennon.
34
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: December 8, 1980

 6 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
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 7 Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar.
17
Famous As: Former Roman dictator
Birthdate: July 13, 0100
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 15, 0044
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 8 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)
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 9 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

 10 Malcolm X

Malcolm X.
11
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)

 11 Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace.
4
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)

 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 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)

 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 Caligula

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

 16 Henry IV of France

Henry IV of France.
3
Famous As: King of France (1589-1610)
Birthdate: December 13, 1553
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pau, France
Died: May 14, 1610

 17 Grigori Rasputin

Grigori Rasputin.
8
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)

 18 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

 19 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)

 20 William McKinley

William McKinley.
3
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)

 21 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

 22 Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia.
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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

 23 James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield.
1
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

 24 Cicero

Cicero.
5
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 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

 26 Francisco Pizarro

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

 27 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

 28 Benazir Bhutto

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

 29 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

 30 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)

 31 Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
1
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

 32 Huey P. Newton

Huey P. 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

 33 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

 34 Sitting Bull

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

 35 Harvey Milk

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

 36 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

 37 Federico García Lorca

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

 38 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

 39 Alexandra Feodorovna

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

 40 Shaka

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

 41 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

 42 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

 43 Razia Sultana

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

 44 Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket.
0
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: December 21, 1118
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheapside
Died: December 29, 1170

 45 Steve McNair

Steve McNair
1
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)

 46 Henry III of France

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

 47 Empress Elisabeth of Austria

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

 48 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

 49 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

 50 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