Famous People Who Were Executed

Capital punishment has become a rarity in today’s world though it was quite common until a few decades ago. In fact, in the past centuries, not just criminals, but also political dissidents and rebels were routinely executed. One of the most famous figures to have ever been executed was the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, who was accused of “failing to acknowledge the gods that the city acknowledges” and “introducing new deities.” Sir Thomas More, an English social philosopher, faced execution for his “treason, religious dissent” while Sir William Wallace, one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence was brutally executed for high treason. Coming to the 20th century, Adolf Eichmann, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, and Arthur Seyss-Inquart were executed for their involvement in war crimes against humanity. Ion Victor Antonescu, who presided over two successive wartime dictatorships in Romania was another figure to be convicted of war crimes and executed. Talking of politically motivated executions, General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, a military head of state of Ghana, was deposed and later executed by firing squad. This section gives you more information about the life and works of famous people who were executed.

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 1 Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ.
9
Famous As: Founder of Christianity
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Judea

 2 Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots.
15
Famous As: Queen of Scotland
Birthdate: December 8, 1542
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Linlithgow Palace, Scotland
Died: February 8, 1587
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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 3 Che Guevara

Che Guevara.
26
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: June 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Died: October 9, 1967
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 4 Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn.
13
Famous As: Marquess of Pembroke
Birthdate: June 30, 1501
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hever Castle, Kent, England
Died: May 19, 1536

 5 Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh.
13
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: September 27, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Banga, Punjab, British India
Died: March 23, 1931
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 6 Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette.
5
Famous As: Queen of France
Birthdate: November 2, 1755
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
Died: October 16, 1793
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 7 Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini.
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Famous As: Former Duce
Birthdate: July 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Predappio, Italy
Died: April 28, 1945
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 8 Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Dictator & President of Iraq
Birthdate: April 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Al-Awja
Died: December 30, 2006
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 9 Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes.
3
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: April 13, 1570
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: York
Died: January 31, 1606

 10 Nicholas II

Nicholas II.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 18, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tsarskoye Selo, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire, Alexander Palace
Died: July 17, 1918

 11 Walter Raleigh

Walter Raleigh.
0
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Writer, Explorer, Aristocrat
Birthdate: January 22, 1554
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Budleigh
Died: October 29, 1618

 12 John Brown

John Brown.
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: May 9, 1800
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Torrington, Connecticut, United States
Died: December 2, 1859

 13 Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calamba, Laguna
Died: December 30, 1896

 14 Joseph Smith Jr.

Joseph Smith Jr..
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Famous As: Religious leader, Theologians
Birthdate: December 23, 1805
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sharon, Vermont, United States
Died: June 27, 1844

 15 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: Petergof
Died: July 17, 1918

 16 Antoine Lavoisier

Antoine Lavoisier.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: August 26, 1743
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 8, 1794

 17 Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey.
1
Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: 1537 AD
Birthplace: Leicestershire
Died: February 12, 1554

 18 Thomas More

Thomas More.
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Famous As: Catholic Saint
Birthdate: February 7, 1478
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: City of London
Died: July 6, 1535

 19 Prithviraj Chauhan

Prithviraj Chauhan.
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Famous As: Rajput king of the Chauhan dynasty
Birthdate: 1149 AD
Birthplace: Ajmer
Died: 1192 AD

 20 Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 17, 1786
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greene County
Died: March 6, 1836

 21 Maximilien de Robespierre

Maximilien de Robespierre.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Influential Figure of the French Revolution
Birthdate: May 6, 1758
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arras, France
Died: July 28, 1794

 22 Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: English statesman
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Putney
Died: July 28, 1540

 23 Patrice Lumumba

Patrice Lumumba.
1
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: July 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Katakokombe
Died: January 17, 1961

 24 Edward II of England

Edward II of England.
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Famous As: King of England
Birthdate: April 25, 1284
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Caernarfon Castle
Died: September 21, 1327

 25 Nat Turner

Nat Turner.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Leader of Slave Rebellion
Birthdate: October 2, 1800
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Southampton County
Died: November 11, 1831

 26 Mata Hari

Mata Hari.
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dutch exotic dancer
Birthdate: August 7, 1876
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Died: October 15, 1917

 27 Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Roman official
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Roman Italy, Italy
Died: 0037 AD

 28 Saint George

Saint George.
1
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Christian martyr
Birthdate: 0280 AD
Birthplace: Cappadocia
Died: April 23, 0303

 29 Nathuram Godse

Nathuram Godse.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi
Birthdate: May 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maharashtra
Died: November 15, 1949

 30 Nicolae Ceaușescu

Nicolae Ceaușescu.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of Romania
Birthdate: January 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Scornicești
Died: December 25, 1989

 31 Vasco Núñez de Balboa

Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Spanish Explorer
Birthdate: 1475 AD
Birthplace: Jerez de los Caballeros, Spain
Died: January 15, 1519

 32 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Larkana
Died: April 4, 1979

 33 Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Marxist Theorist
Birthdate: March 5, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zamos'c'
Died: January 15, 1919

 34 Claus von Stauffenberg

Claus von Stauffenberg.
2
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: November 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jettingen-Scheppach, Germany
Died: July 21, 1944
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 35 Andres Bonifacio

Andres Bonifacio.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Filipino Revolutionary
Birthdate: November 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tondo
Died: May 10, 1897

 36 Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer.
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Famous As: First Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury
Birthdate: July 2, 1489
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aslockton
Died: March 21, 1556

 37 Uday Hussein

Uday Hussein.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Saddam Hussein’s Son
Birthdate: June 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tikrit
Died: July 22, 2003
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)

 38 Mangal Pandey

Mangal Pandey.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: July 19, 1827
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nagwa
Died: April 8, 1857

 39 Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: February 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: April 9, 1945

 40 Guru Tegh Bahadur

Guru Tegh Bahadur.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Ninth Sikh Guru
Birthdate: April 1, 1621
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amritsar
Died: November 24, 1675

 41 Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia

Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Tsarevich of Russia
Birthdate: August 12, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peterhof
Died: July 17, 1918

 42 Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: American Martyr
Birthdate: June 6, 1755
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Coventry, Connecticut
Died: September 22, 1776

 43 Louis XVI of France

Louis XVI of France.
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Famous As: King of France
Birthdate: August 23, 1754
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, France
Died: January 21, 1793
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 44 Ignatius of Antioch

Ignatius of Antioch.
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Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: May 15, 0035
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Syria (Roman province), Roman Empire
Died: July 6, 0108

 45 Joachim von Ribbentrop

Joachim von Ribbentrop.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Nazi Minister
Birthdate: April 30, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wesel
Died: October 16, 1946
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 46 Saint Sebastian

Saint Sebastian.
1
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0256 AD
Birthplace: Narbonne, France
Died: 0288 AD

 47 William Tyndale

William Tyndale.
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 1494 AD
Birthplace: North Nibley
Died: October 6, 1536

 48 Vidkun Quisling

Vidkun Quisling.
1
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: World war II Norwegian Politician & Military Officer
Birthdate: July 18, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fyresdal
Died: October 24, 1945

 49 Tomoyuki Yamashita

Tomoyuki Yamashita.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Japanese General
Birthdate: November 8, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Otoyo, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
Died: February 23, 1946

 50 John André

John André.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: 18th Century British Army Officer & Spy
Birthdate: May 2, 1750
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London
Died: October 2, 1780