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.
John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy
29 May 1917, American
35th President of the United States
Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
12 February 1809, American
American President.

Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi
02 October 1869, Indian
Leader of Indian Independence Movement

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur
16 June 1971, American

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.
15 January 1929, American
Civil Rights Activist

John LennonJohn Lennon
09 October 1940, British
Co-founder of 'The Beatles'
Malcolm XMalcolm X
19 May 1925, American

Julius CaesarJulius Caesar
13 July 0100, Ancient Roman
Former Roman dictator

The Notorious B.I.G.The Notorious B.I.G.
21 May 1972, American
Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy
20 November 1925, American
Brother of President John F. Kennedy

Grigori RasputinGrigori Rasputin
21 January 1869, Russian
Lee Harvey OswaldLee Harvey Oswald
18 October 1939, American
Armed force officer

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Nipsey HussleNipsey Hussle
15 August 1985, American

16 April 1971, American

Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi
07 June 1942, Libyan
Former Prime Minister of Libya
William McKinleyWilliam McKinley
29 January 1843, American
President of the U.S.A

31 August 0012, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor

Phil HartmanPhil Hartman
24 September 1948, Canadian, American
Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian

Haile SelassieHaile Selassie
23 July 1892, Ethiopian
Former Emperor of Ethiopia
Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
20 August 1944, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Peter III of RussiaPeter III of Russia
21 February 1728, Russian
Emperor of Russia
03 January 0106, Italian, Ancient Roman
Philosopher, Political Theorist

James A. GarfieldJames A. Garfield
19 November 1831, American
President of the U.S.A

Nicole Brown SimpsonNicole Brown Simpson
19 May 1959, German, American
Murdered Wife of O. J. Simpson
John Wilkes BoothJohn Wilkes Booth
10 May 1838, American
Assassinated Abraham Lincoln

Judith BarsiJudith Barsi
06 June 1978, American
Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto
21 June 1953, Pakistani

Huey LongHuey Long
30 August 1893, American

Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
17 February 1942, American
American political activist
Merlin SantanaMerlin Santana
14 March 1976, American

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Medgar EversMedgar Evers
02 July 1925, American
Sitting BullSitting Bull
1831 AD, American

Dominique DunneDominique Dunne
23 November 1959, American

Thomas SankaraThomas Sankara
21 December 1949, Burkinabe

Phoolan DeviPhoolan Devi
10 August 1963, Indian
Politician, Brigand
Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553, French
King of France, King of Navarre
Empress Elisabeth of AustriaEmpress Elisabeth of Austria
24 December 1837, Austrian, German
Empress of Austria

Pancho VillaPancho Villa
05 June 1878, Mexican

1787 AD, South African
Zulu Emperor

 , Israeli
Queen of Israel
Sheikh Mujibur RahmanSheikh Mujibur Rahman
17 March 1920, Bangladeshi
First Prime Minister of Bangladesh

0204 AD, Ancient Roman
Emperor of Rome

Rafic HaririRafic Hariri
01 November 1944, Lebanese
Business tycoon

Sal MineoSal Mineo
10 January 1939, American

Henry III of FranceHenry III of France
19 September 1551, French
King of France
Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León
1474 AD, Spanish

George Lincoln RockwellGeorge Lincoln Rockwell
09 March 1918, American
Brandon TeenaBrandon Teena
12 December 1972, American
Young American Trans Man

Harvey MilkHarvey Milk
22 May 1930, American

Guru Gobind SinghGuru Gobind Singh
22 December 1666, Indian
Anwar SadatAnwar Sadat
25 December 1918, Egyptian
Former President of Egypt

09 September 0214, Bulgarian
Thomas BecketThomas Becket
21 December 1118, British

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

Faisal of Saudi ArabiaFaisal of Saudi Arabia
14 April 1906, Saudi Arabian
Former King of Saudi Arabia

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

Emiliano ZapataEmiliano Zapata
08 August 1879, Mexican
Mexican Political figure
Lana ClarksonLana Clarkson
05 April 1962, American

24 October 0051, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor

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

Jean-Paul MaratJean-Paul Marat
24 May 1743, Swiss, French
0450 BC, Greek
Athenian Statesman

Barbara DalyBarbara Daly Baekeland
1922 AD, American
Blaze FoleyBlaze Foley
18 December 1949, American

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
05 June 1898, Spanish

Juvenal HabyarimanaJuvénal Habyarimana
08 March 1937, Rwandan
President of Rwanda
Ivan VI of RussiaIvan VI of Russia
23 August 1740, Russian
Emperor of Russia

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

Edward the MartyrEdward the Martyr
0962 AD, British
King of England

01 August 0126, Ancient Roman
Military Leader
Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688, Iranian

Liaquat Ali KhanLiaquat Ali Khan
01 October 1895, Pakistani
First Prime Minister of Pakistan
24 December 0003, Ancient Roman
Roman Emperor

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
26 June 1478, Spanish
Spanish conquistador

Maximinus ThraxMaximinus Thrax
0173 AD, Greek

Trevor BerbickTrevor Berbick
01 August 1954, Canadian, Jamaican
John GeoghanJohn Geoghan
04 June 1935, American
Serial Child Rapist
24 May 0015, Italian
Roman General

Jean-Jacques DessalinesJean-Jacques Dessalines
20 September 1758, Guinean, Haitian
Haitian General

Samuel DoeSamuel Doe
06 May 1951, Liberian
Former President of Liberia

Ngo Dinh DiemNgo Dinh Diem
03 January 1901, Vietnamese
President of Vietnam
Óscar RomeroÓscar Romero
15 August 1917, Salvadoran
Archbishop of San Salvador

Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of RussiaGrand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia
04 December 1878, Russian
Military Leader

Alexander I of YugoslaviaAlexander I of Yugoslavia
16 December 1888, Yugoslav, Serbian

Edith SteinEdith Stein
12 October 1891, German

Umberto I of ItalyUmberto I of Italy
14 March 1844, Italian
Bonnie Lee BakleyBonnie Lee Bakley
07 June 1956, American

Hendrik VerwoerdHendrik Verwoerd
08 September 1901, South African
Carl SwitzerCarl Switzer
07 August 1927, American

Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Birendra of Nepal
28 December 1945, Nepalese
11th King of Nepal
James I of ScotlandJames I of Scotland
10 December 1394, Scottish
King of Scotland
Viola LiuzzoViola Liuzzo
11 April 1925, American
Civil Rights Activist