Top 10 Assassinations That Shook The World

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An assassination is usually the murder of a famous personality and results in immense reverberations surrounding it. The reasons may range from political to religious to just plain enmity, but the murder affects the lives of all the citizens of that country.

1. Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

He was assassinated on 15 March 44 (BC) by a group of senators – almost 60 of them, while he was in Pompey. A powerful military and political personage, he was responsible for raising the Roman Empire to new heights. His death triggered the end of the Roman Republic.

2. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Assassinated in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s death was the aftermath of a divisive civil war in the United States. Ranked among the greatest Presidents of the United States, he staked his career on the abolition of slavery, and on preventing the United States from breaking up into two.


3. Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand

His murder on June 28th, 1914 was the spark for the beginning of World War 1. He was the Archduke of Austria and he was assassinated by a bunch of Serbian zealots. Two months later Austria and Hungary declared war on Serbia leading to a conflict that lasted 4 years and engulfed most of Europe.


4. Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi

Soon after India gained its independence from England, the main architect of its struggle for independence, M.K.Gandhi was killed by a Hindu fanatic, Nathuram Godse in 1948. In his death, India lost a leader who had the ability to lead its teeming masses, without raising his voice or advocating drastic measures.

5. John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

When Jon F. Kennedy was assassinated allegedly by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1961, in Dallas, Texas, it was witnessed on nationwide television. He was a charismatic personality and many believed that he had the potential and ability to be a great President.


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