There have been many famous, influential people in human history: some politicians, some rulers, some artists, some activists. Many remembered as ‘Famous People Assassinated’.
Many have risen for a cause far higher than any worldly value, for the human reason.
And these very activities of theirs made them a center of love and hatred for many. And a lot of times hatred has won, which led to the assassinations of these great souls.
Famous People Assassinated:
Widely regarded as the most significant US President in history along with George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt, Lincoln made changes to America, the fruits of which today’s Americans are enjoying.
He abolished slavery after a tenuous four-year-long Civil War between the Union and Confederate.
On the night of 14th April 1865, Lincoln, along with his wife, Mary, had been attending a play “Our American Cousin.” He was shot in the back of the head by John Wilkes Booth, a confederate spy at 10:14 PM, and succumbed to his wounds after 8 hours in a coma.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a.k.a Mahatma Gandhi:
Respectfully called “Father of the Nation” and lovingly called “Bapu,” Gandhi, since India attained independence, has been seen in polarized viewpoints. Regardless, he was one of the most prominent fighters for the freedom of India from the Colonial British.
One of the most famous people assassinated his movements on civil rights, and non-violence have been studied and followed widespread across the globe.
On 30th January, 5:17 PM at Birla House, Gandhi was killed by being shot in the chest three times by Nathuram Godse, an extremist.
Martin Luther King, Jr:
If you have ever watched the speech “I have a dream” of Martin Luther King Jr, to get inspired, then you know what he went through and what he has done.
Inspired by his Christian beliefs and Mahatma Gandhi, MLK Jr organized and orchestrated civil disobedience movement and non-violence movement. He held several non-violent marches for civil rights for African Americans. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
On April 4, 1968, at 6:01 PM, MLK Jr was shot through his jaw by James Earl Ray. MLK Jr was on his motel floor balcony and rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:05 PM.
We know Gianni Versace as the genius Italian Fashion Designer who launched the luxury brand Versace, which is associated with famous individuals like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, the late Princess Diana & Tupac Shakur, etc.
His designs employed vivid colors and bold prints, breaking the chains of modesty and simplicity that was a cultural norm in the fashion industry during that time.
Versace on 15th July 1997 was fatally shot on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by a crazed spree killer Andrew Cunanan, who killed himself, eight days later. One of the most famous people, assassinated.
John F. Kennedy:
Born into a wealthy political family, JFK served as the President of the USA from January 1961 to November 1963. His presidential term and duties were heavily marked with relations concerned with the Soviet Union and the Cuban Missile Crisis at the height of the Cold War.
JFK, one of the most famous people assassinated, on November 22, 1963, at 12:30 PM in Dallas, Texas, was fatally shot in the back of the head. An accused Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested, and although he claimed innocence, he was later himself murdered before a trial.
There has been widespread speculation since that a cover-up was in play and conspiracy theories linking the CIA and even the Mafia to JFK’s assassination.
Voted the 8th greatest Briton in a BBC poll, John Lennon was not only the founder and poster boy of the legendary British band “The Beatles.” One of the most famous people, assassinated.
He was also a well-known peace activist during the tensed Cold War and Vietnam War era, and many of the songs by The Beatles and Lennon himself give a peaceful vibe.
On the 8th of December, 1980, at 10:50 PM, Lennon was fatally shot four times by his ‘fan,’ Mark David Chapman. Lennon had signed a copy of ‘Double Fantasy’ just 6 hours ago the same day for Chapman.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria:
He was the heir who was supposed to inherit the throne to the Kingdom of Austria-Hungary but was assassinated along with his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, on 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo.
The assassins were six people, one Serb and five Bosniaks. The political motive of the assassination was the separation of South Slavs from Austria-Hungary to form an independent Yugoslavia.
The events, triggered WWI when Austria-Hungary declared war on the Kingdom of Serbia after an initial ultimatum was rejected
The “Caeser” Gauis Julius Caeser was a mighty Roman General & Statesman who is widely considered as the most influential person in Roman history.
His civil war and rebellion against the Roman Republic was the major contributing factor to the establishment of the most influential Roman Empire.
He is also one of the most famous people, assassinated. A group of senators conspired against Caeser, led by Brutus, and on 15 March, 44 BC, stabbed Caeser multiple times, leading to his demise. His last words were, “You too, Brutus?”.
One of the most famous people assassinated, Rasputin, was born in a peasant family in Siberia, a pretty ordinary youth in his early life, until 1897, when he had a religious conversion.
He was subsequently considered a mystic and holy man becoming intimately acquainted with the family of the Tsar, Nikolai II, thus gaining considerable influence in the Russian Empire.
The fear of Rasputin gaining considerable control over the Empire lead to his assassination on 30 December 1916. He suffered three gunshot wounds. A couple of years later, the entire family of the Tsar was executed, and the October/Bolshevik Revolution began.
Serving the Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996, Bhutto was the first woman to head a Democratic Government in a Muslim majority country.
Her political career was plagued with corruption and resistance from the conservative Islamic powers. Nevertheless, she was a symbol of women’s empowerment, secularism, and liberalism.
Bhutto returned to Pakistan in 2007, for running the 2008 elections. On 27 December 2007, she was assassinated by a youth who first shot at her from a close range while she was waving to a crowd from her car, and then the teenager detonated himself.
Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack, but the involvement of the Pakistani Taliban and intelligence is suspected.
What is your list of famous people assassinated?