Michael Corleone was right when he said in The Godfather: Part II, — “If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill *anybody*.” Assassinations may be prompted by religious, ideological, political, or military discourse and disagreement but as the world moved into the modern day, the killing of important people such as celebrity, politician, religious figure or royal, began to become a tool in power struggles.
Bitter and divisive: Usually in case of an assassination there is a clear motive – jealousy, political or religious idealism, contract killing, revenge etc. History has seen assassination of quite a number of personalities from various arenas.
Let be the reason anything but these insanity has always left an effect on the pages of record changing the course of history. Here is a list of some of the most outrageous and infamous assassinations!
Mahatma Gandhi – On January 30, 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated while preparing to speak at a prayer meeting. His killer, Nathuram Godse, and his co-conspirator were executed for the crime in 1949.
Abraham Lincoln – United States President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, passing away the following morning. He was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Martin Luther King, Jr., who was a major leader in the Civil Rights Movement, was assassinated on April 4, 1968 while standing on the second story balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
John F. Kennedy – United States President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed by a man named Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963.
John Lennon – John Lennon was shot four times in the back by a crazed fan/stalker, Mark David Chapman, on December 8, 1980, as he and Yoko Ono returned to their apartment in New York City.
Malcolm X – Human rights activist and Muslim minister Malcolm X was shot 21 times by three men as he prepared to speak before an audience at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan. Three men were convicted: Norman 3X Butler, Thomas 15X Johnson, and Talmadge Hayer.
Robert F. Kennedy – Senator Robert F. Kennedy, brother of John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in Los Angeles, California on June 5, 1968 after winning the California primary. He was shot three times by a 24-year-old Palestinian named Sirhan Sirhan.
Liaquat Ali Khan (October 16, 1951) – first Prime Minister of Pakistan
Alberta Williams King (June 30, 1974), mother of Martin Luther King Jr. – Killed while her husband was preaching mass.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (August 15, 1975), father of the nation and founder President of Bangladesh – The coup was planned by disgruntled Awami League colleagues and military officers who were led by Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad, and they targeted to exterminate his entire family.
Indira Gandhi (October 31, 1984), Indian Prime Minister- Assassinated by personal bodyguards (Satwant Singh and Beant Singh)
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (August 17, 1988) – 10-year President of Pakistan and 12-year Chief of Army Staff
Rajiv Gandhi (May 21, 1991), former Indian prime minister – Killed in an explosion triggered by a LTTE suicide bomber. First head of state to be killed by a suicide bomber.
Yitzhak Rabin (1995), Prime Minister of Israel and 1994 Nobel Peace Prize recipient – Attack carried out by Israeli opposed to Oslo Accords. See Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.
Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (King of Nepal), along with Queen Aiswary and 9 other members of the royal family in June 1, 2001.
Benazir Bhutto (December 27, 2007), former Prime Minister of Pakistan (first and only lady Prime minister of Pakistan) – Killed while entering a vehicle upon leaving a political rally for the Pakistan People’s Party in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
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