Assassinations Of Great Leaders

Published on May 14, 2017

Abraham Lincoln was the first American President to be assassinated. The President was shot in the head in the Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C on 14th April, 1865. The mortal wound took Lincoln in coma for 9 hours and he died at 7:22 in the morning. The president was shot by a famous theatre actor John Wilkes Booth.

The 20th American President James A. Garfield got assassinated on 2nd July, 1881. James stayed as president of USA for not more than four months. He was shot twice by Charles J. Guiteau and died after fighting a life and death battle of 11 weeks. Guiteau was immediately arrested on the spot.

Williams McKinley, 25th American President was shot twice in the abdomen on 6th September, 1901. McKinley was traveling to the Temple Music in Buffalo, New York where he was shot by an anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley died eight days later on 14th September.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was visiting Sarajevo in Bosnia. On 28th June, 1914, Gavrilo Princip who was only 19-year-old, shot Franz Ferdinand and even his wife Sophie. Franz’s death sparked the beginning of what came to be called World War I.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, The man behind Indian independence and founding father of India was shot on 30th January 1948. Gandhi was meeting a big usual crowd in the prayer-ground at Birla House in New Dehli when Nathuram Godse a radical Hindu and a member of extremist Hindu Mahasabha shot him thrice in the chest at point blank distance.

One of the founding father and first Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawab Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated on 16th October, 1951. Liaquat Ali was in a public meeting at Company Bagh, Rawalpindi later known as Liaquat Bagh when he was shot twice in the chest. The Prime Minister was rushed to a nearby hospital but succumbed to his injuries. His assassin was Saad Akbar Babrak who was immediately killed by the police.

The most shocking assassination of American history was, when the 35th U.S President John F. Kennedy was shot. The President was traveling in his presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas on Friday 22nd November 1963, when he was fatally wounded by a sniper’s bullet. He died within an hour of the attack in a hospital in the Vicinity.

Malcolm X, The American Muslim and human rights activist told an interviewer on 19th Feb, 1965, that he was a target for the Nation of Islam, a group that he had denounced a year before. Two days later, he was shot 21 times over his body after receiving 10 buckshot wounds from a shotgun at the Audubon Ballroom.

The African American Civil Right activist Martin Luther King was shot dead in 1968 while he was standing on the balcony of second floor of a motel room. Martin Luther King was the man behind the movement which was an attempt to abolish the racial discrimination of African Americans. His dream came true when first African American Barack Obama became the President of USA.

Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud was King of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975. On 25 March 1975, King Faisal was shot at point-blank and killed by his half-brother’s son, Faisal bin Musaid, who had just come back from the United States. The murder occurred at a Majlis. In the waiting room, Prince Faisal talked to Kuwaiti representatives who were also waiting to meet King Faisal. When the Prince went to embrace him, King Faisal leaned to kiss his nephew in accordance with Saudi culture. At that instant, Prince Faisal took out a pistol and shot him.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh was killed on 15 August, 1975 by his own army officers. Mujib was in his presidential residence when junior army officers invaded the place with tanks and killed his entire family and personal staffs, only two of his daughters escaped the fatal attack since they were in Germany.

Indira Gandhi, third Prime Minister of India got assassinated on 31st October, 1984. Indira Gandhi was shot by her own guards Beant Singh and Satwant Singh when she was walking in the garden of Prime Minister’s residence in New Dehli. The guards fired as much as 30 bullets on her. This attack give rise to anti-Sikh riots in the country.

Ex-Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi was in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu on 21st May, 1991. His assassin, Dhanu, an LTTE suicide bomber, bent down to touch his feet and pulled the trigger on the RDX laden belt she was wearing under her dress. Gandhi, along with 14 others, was killed. He was the first politician to be assassinated by a bomb blast.

Benazir Bhutto, the daughter of the east and only female Prime Minister of Pakistan was killed in the same place where the first Prime Minister of the country was killed on 27th December, 2007. She was running an election campaign in Liaquat Bagh. Benazir was shot on the head on her car’s sunroof when she came out to wave to the audience. Some explosives also detonated at the same time that killed approximately 20 more people. The assassination came out as a shock for the whole world.

Gaius Julius Caesar; 13 July 100 BC– 15 March 44 BC, known as Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician, general, and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. His last words were, “Et tu, Brute?” (Even you Brutus?), when his close friend Marcus Brutus assassinated the leader along with the help of other senators. The emperor was attacked and stabbed on 15th March, 44 BC.

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