Top 10 Assassinations That Shook the World


The Top Ten

1 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

Yes, he really did get assassinated.

According to the current Oxford dictionary, to "assassinate" is to "murder (an important person) for political or religious reasons." Although you could tenuously argue that Mark David Chapman was motivated by religion, calling him an assassin is a stretch. "Murderer" is a more appropriate term. - PetSounds

The day the music died and hearts were forever broken, everywhere!

He should be #1

Don't think I'd really call this an assassination. - PetSounds

2 Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.
3 Franz Ferdinand

It caused World War I - TeamRocket747

Aren't they a band. Lol just kidding

4 John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Born May 29th, 1917) commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban more.

Changed the course of the nations history, and the world's.

5 Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Whoever killed him was racist! - Gabo147

6 Julius Caesar Julius Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar, known by his cognomen Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician and military general who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.
7 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

By far the most significant assassination in US history.

Was president Lincoln ok
- Simpsons

8 Che Guevara Che Guevara Ernesto "Che" Guevara, commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist.

*Execution - Yvufuf

9 Malcolm X Malcolm X Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist.
10 Robert F. Kennedy Robert F. Kennedy Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, commonly known by his initials RFK, was an American politician from Massachusetts.

Phenomenal human being with a heart of gold. Would have been transformative for our country

The most amazing person and Politician we've ever had. he was erudite, intelligent, compassionate and progressive. Loved him!

He was a criminal.

The Contenders

11 Anwar Sadat Anwar Sadat Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat (25 December 1918 – 6 October 1981) was the third President of Egypt, serving from 15 October 1970 until his assassination by fundamentalist army officers on 6 October 1981. He initiated serious peace negotiations with Israel, an achievement for which he shared the 1978 Nobel more.
12 Leon Trotsky Leon Trotsky
13 Lord Louis Mountbatten
14 Olof Palme
15 Socrates Socrates Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher, of the Western ethical tradition of thought.
16 King Phillip II of Macedonia
17 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.
18 William McKinley William McKinley William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897 until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term.
19 James A. Garfield James A. Garfield James Abram Garfield was the 20th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1881, until his assassination later that year.
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