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.
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

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.
(Civil Rights Activist)

15 January 1929

American

Selena QuintanillaSelena
(Singer, Songwriter)

16 April 1971

American

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi

19 November 1917

Indian

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

21 May 1972

American

Malcolm XMalcolm X
(Minister)

19 May 1925

American

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

20 November 1925

American

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Phil HartmanPhil Hartman
(Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian)

24 September 1948

Canadian,American

Lee Harvey OswaldLee Harvey Oswald
(Armed force officer)

18 October 1939

American

John DillingerJohn Dillinger
(Bank Robber)

22 June 1903

American

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
(Former Prime Minister of India)

20 August 1944

Indian

CaligulaCaligula
(Roman Emperor)

31 August 0012

Ancient Roman

Griselda BlancoGriselda Blanco
(Drug Trafficker)

15 February 1943

Colombian

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

29 January 1843

American

Haile SelassieHaile Selassie
(Former Emperor of Ethiopia)

23 July 1892

Ethiopian

Jesse JamesJesse James
(American Outlaw & Gang Leader)

05 September 1847

American

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

19 November 1831

American

John Wilkes BoothJohn Wilkes Booth
(Assassinated Abraham Lincoln)

10 May 1838

American

Judith BarsiJudith Barsi
(Actress)

06 June 1978

American

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CiceroCicero
(Philosopher, Political Theorist)

03 January 0106

Italian,Ancient Roman

Sitting BullSitting Bull
(Warrior)

1831 AD

American

Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto

21 June 1953

Pakistani

Pancho VillaPancho Villa
(General)

05 June 1878

Mexican

Guru Gobind SinghGuru Gobind Singh
(Warrior)

22 December 1666

Indian

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk

22 May 1930

American

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Phoolan DeviPhoolan Devi
(Politician, Brigand)

10 August 1963

Indian

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

13 December 1553

French

Dean CorllDean Corll
(Serial Killer)

24 December 1939

American

Dian FosseyDian Fossey
(Zoologist, Conservationist)

16 January 1932

Rwandan,American

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

19 September 1551

French

Thomas BecketThomas Becket
(Saint)

21 December 1118

British

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Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León
(Explorer)

1474 AD

Spanish

Huey LongHuey Long
(Politician)

30 August 1893

American

Anwar SadatAnwar Sadat
(Former President of Egypt)

25 December 1918

Egyptian

Baby Face NelsonBaby Face Nelson
(Robber)

06 December 1908

American

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
(Spanish conquistador)

26 June 1478

Spanish

ShakaShaka
(Zulu Emperor)

1787 AD

South African

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Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
(American political activist)

17 February 1942

American

Dominique DunneDominique Dunne
(Actress)

23 November 1959

American

Sal MineoSal Mineo
(Actor)

10 January 1939

American

Carl SwitzerCarl Switzer
(Actor)

07 August 1927

American

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

17 March 1920

Bangladeshi

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

21 February 1728

Russian

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Razia SultanaRazia Sultana
(First Female Sultan of Delhi)

1205 AD

Indian

Emiliano ZapataEmiliano Zapata
(Mexican Political figure)

08 August 1879

Mexican

Medgar EversMedgar Evers

02 July 1925

American

DomitianDomitian
(Roman Emperor)

24 October 0051

Ancient Roman

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
(Poet)

05 June 1898

Spanish

Danny GreeneDanny Greene
(Gangster)

14 November 1933

American

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Merlin SantanaMerlin Santana
(Actor)

14 March 1976

American

Trevor BerbickTrevor Berbick
(Boxer)

01 August 1954

Canadian,Jamaican

Roy DeMeoRoy DeMeo
(Gangster)

07 September 1942

American

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

John GeoghanJohn Geoghan
(Serial Child Rapist)

04 June 1935

American

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Bonnie Lee BakleyBonnie Lee Bakley
(Actor)

07 June 1956

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

Edith SteinEdith Stein
(Philosopher)

12 October 1891

German

Rafic HaririRafic Hariri
(Business tycoon)

01 November 1944

Lebanese

Gauri LankeshGauri Lankesh
(Activist, Journalist)

29 January 1962

Indian

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Monica SpearMónica Spear
(Model, Actress)

01 October 1984

Venezuelan

CuauhtémocCuauhtémoc
(Last Aztec Emperor)

1495 AD

Mexican

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

18 December 1863

Austrian

Barbara DalyBarbara Daly Baekeland
(Socialite)

1922 AD

American

Viola LiuzzoViola Liuzzo
(Civil Rights Activist)

11 April 1925

American

Anastasio Somoza GarcíaAnastasio Somoza García
(President of Nicaragua)

01 February 1896

Nicaraguan

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Ranasinghe Premadasa Ranasinghe Premadasa
(Third President of Sri Lanka)

23 June 1924

Sri Lankan

Augusto César SandinoAugusto César Sandino
(Nicaraguan revolutionary Leader)

18 May 1895

Nicaraguan

Kumbha of MewarKumbha of Mewar
(Ruler of Mewar)

1433 AD

Indian

Emperor Yang of SuiEmperor Yang of Sui
(Emperor of China’s Sui dynasty)

0569 AD

Chinese

Khalil Al-WazirKhalil al-Wazir
(Palestinian Leader and co-founder of Fatah)

10 October 1935

Palestinian

Lil JoJoLil JoJo
(Hip-Hop Artist)

06 April 1994

American

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Alexander SeverusAlexander Severus
(Roman Emperor)

01 October 0208

Italian

Roque DaltonRoque Dalton
(Poet)

14 May 1935

Salvadoran

Óscar RomeroÓscar Romero
(Archbishop of San Salvador)

15 August 1917

Salvadoran