Over the course of time, our leaders and politicians have certainly played a major role in shaping the present scenario of our world. We can’t imagine our history without revolutionaries like MK Gandhi or Martin Luther King. Though, these world leaders left us in the most unceremonious way. Their assassinations changed the world history for sure. Here are some of the most famous assassinations that changed the course of history.
- John F Kennedy
The assassination of the 35th president of the United States is undoubtedly one of the most tragic incidents that the world has ever witnessed. Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president on November 22, 1963, when his motorcade was passing the Texas School Depository in Dallas.
- MK Gandhi
SourceMahatma Gandhi is still considered as the most ideological leaders who played a crucial role in India’s fight for independence. It was on January 30, 1948 (shortly after India gained its independence from the British Rule) when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse with a .38 semi-automatic pistol.
- Benazir Bhutto
Bhutto was about to change Pakistan’s political infrastructure when she was assassinated on December 27, 2007. She was addressing her political rally in Rawalpindi at that time, when a group of activists attacked the venue with a bomb blast.
- John Lennon
SourceNot just politicians, musicians and activists were also attacked over the course of time. No one can really forget December 8, 1980, when John Lennon was assassinated by Mark David Chapman, who fired five consecutive bullets at him that killed him instantly.
- Indira Gandhi
SourceThe entire nation came to a standstill on October 31, 1984, when India’s Prime Minister was killed by her own bodyguards (Beant Singh and Satwant Singh). She was shot 33 times and was taken to AIIMS, New Delhi, where she took her last breath.
- Gianni Versace
SourceFounder of one of the biggest fashion brands, the designer was shot dead by Andrew Cunanan on July 15, 1997. He was shot twice when he was returning home from his morning walk.
- Franz Ferdinand
SourceThe Archduke of Austria and his wife were killed on June 28, 1914, during their visit to Bosnia. It is widely believed that the assassination triggered World War One and changed the entire course of history.
- Abraham Lincoln
SourceThe beloved president who banned slavery was assassinated on April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth. The president was watching a play at Ford’s Theatre (in Washington DC) when Booth shot him from behind.
- Yitzhak Rabin
SourceThe Prime Minister of Israel was killed by Yigal Amir, moments after when the PM signed the Oslo Accords to resolve the Palestine-Israel conflict. The incident took place on November 4, 1995.
- Rajiv Gandhi
It was on May 21, 1991, when Gandhi was killed by an LTTE suicide bomber, Dhanu. The incident took the lives of 14 others as well in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. Gandhi was the first politician who was assassinated by a bomb blast.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
SourceThe iconic leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement was assassinated by James Earl Ray at an early age of 39. It was on April 4, 1968, when he was visiting Memphis, Tennessee and standing on the balcony of his hotel, as he got shot.
- Julius Caesar
SourceThe assassination of Caesar led to the downfall of the Roman (and even the Egyptian) empire that drastically changed the world. The event took place way back in 44 BC and inspired countless works of art. The emperor was stabbed 23 times by Roman senators (including his friend, Marcus Brutus). His last words were “Et tu, Brute?” (Even you, Brutus?”).We would definitely be living in a different world without the fall of the Roman Empire or the catastrophe of the First World War.