Top Ten Deaths that Most Changed History

Sometimes a very famous person dies at the height of their fame and it changes history. Some more than others. This list will go over deaths that changed history. Note this list is not famous people that have died. For example George Washington died, but he died at a relatively old age and he was retired. It didn't make that much of an impact. Take that into consideration when viewing this list.

Feel free to add anything you feel worthy to be on this list.
The Top Ten
1 The Death of Jesus

I will be looking at Jesus from a non-religious standpoint for this list. You cannot deny he was a man that lived and died the brutal death of crucifixion. If you believe the account by the Bible, there was a lot more pain and suffering along with that. Both mental and physical. You also cannot deny his teachings created the largest religion in the world. His death most certainly changed history.

I know you said you're looking at Jesus from a non-religious standpoint, and respect that, but it doesn't seem right that he is below Lincoln and Franz Ferdinand.

I don't think anyone denies the existence of a man named Jesus who was put to death by crucifixion in 33AD, what is up for debate is point that he is or isn't the coming of Christ to Earth. Lincoln and Ferdinand were as real as Jesus was

why the heck is this second it is Jesus

2 The Death of Abraham Lincoln

We have all heard about Lincoln's death. He was of course shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play. We have all heard the story. His death was pretty important because, after his death Andrew Johnson took over who is deemed one of the worst presidents ever. Lincoln had a good plan for Reconstruction and it would have been smooth. He didn't seek to damage the South, he seeked to welcome them back in, so they could sort out their differences. Johnson screwed that all up. Plus Lincoln had a plan to integrate African Americans into society. Johnson also screwed that up.

3 The Death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

There were multiple causes of World War One, but the assassination of Franz Ferdinand was the tipping point. His death is actually fascinating. Franz and his wife were going to the governor's palace and a bomb went off on one of the cars behind them. Franz demanded that they go see those that were injured. While the drivers were turning around the cars, Gavrilo Princip seized his oppurtunity and shot and killed both Franz and his wife. This event is one of the most important causes of WWI.

Since it can't be unequivocably proven that Jesus existed, and since Abraham Lincoln's death changed only American history, this really ought to be #1.

Should be #1. Lincoln only changed US history, and we can't be fully sure Jesus actually was real. This guy's death changed up the course for the entire 20th century

Caused big bad war. not good

4 The Death of John F. Kennedy

JFK's death was one of the most headlined events in history. It is one of the only assassinations we have on TV and it created huge amounts of conspiracy theories. Kennedy was a good president before he was shot, so that obviously hurt.

5 The Death of Adolf Hitler

His death changed history in the sense that he probably would not have agreed to unconditional surrender.

This Also: Yay!

6 The Death of Joseph Stalin

The death is actually pretty funny. Stalin didn't trust anyone, not even his own doctors. He had a cerebral hemorrhage which could've been treated, but he didn't have any doctors around, so he kinda just died. His death would cause chaos, but it might have also prevented a third World War. Stalin was easily the most radical Communist leader and I think war would've happened.

Choo Choo here comes the karma train! 😂

Rest of them: Boo!
This: Yay!

7 The Death of Martin Luther King Jr.

The most famous and, in my opinion, the best civil rights icon by far. Martin Luther King stood for more than just black rights and that's what I think made him special. His assassination would send shockwaves that are still felt today. Hope you enjoyed the list. If you liked it you comment or share it. Thank you for sticking to the end.

8 The Death of Julius Caesar

One of the most famous deaths ever. The play we have all been forced to learn about in high school, even though I quite like the play. Regardless of whether the play is accurate, it is still true Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by a group known as "The Liberators" in 44 BC on the Ides of March. Plutarch and Suetonius, two of the most famous historians and two of the first historians, backs most of this up. His death would set in motion another Civil War and eventually bring the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire.

9 The Death of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great's death isn't as famous as some of the others, but it is still pretty important. His death is clouded in mystery though. Every historical account says something different. He could have died because of either poisoning or fever. Nevertheless, he died and worst of all he died without naming an heir. This would plunge Greece into chaos and it effectively ended Greece's power.

10 The Death of Mahatma Gandhi

it's so tragic

The Contenders
11 The Death of Moctezuma II

Reigning over the Aztecs when they first encountered Europeans (the Spanish), it was Moctezuma's misfortune to rule at a time when Europeans finding the "New World" meant their lust for gold (particularly the Spanish) could be fully sated.
Moctezuma's capture and subsequent murder also seemed to fulfill an Aztec belief that their destruction would come by the sea, and from the East. Sad really.

I can think of no other single death that had a more profound effect on history. His death marked the end of Mesoamerican rule in what is now Central America, and brought on the end of the Aztec Empire. Indeed, this single death also ushered in the era of European dominance of the entire Western Hemisphere.

CyberRat makes a great point. The Death of Moctezuma would pretty bring the fall of the Aztecs. One of the last mighty nations that stood a chance against the Europeans.

12 The Death of John Lennon

Lennon's death actually hastened an assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.

13 The Death of Joan of Arc
14 The Death of Vladimir Lenin

lenins death is more important then joan of arcs

if lenin hadent died stalin wouldent become dictator

15 The Death of William Wallace

William Wallace suffered one of the most painful deaths ever and it was incredibly graphic. His death would result in a renewed demand of Scottish independence. While it was achieved then people screwed it up, it's the thought that counts. His death also inspired one of my favorite movies, Braveheart.

16 The Death of George Floyd

Everyone remember. BLM represents every race that has ever been mistreated for their skin color, ethnicity, hair, face, weight, or anything that can't necessarily change. We are all one race; The HUMAN RACE

Oh brother, here comes the comments/controversy

Wrong all lives matter

Black Lives Matter

17 The Death of Elizabeth of Russia
18 The Death of King Louis XVI of France
19 The Death of Princess Diana

Her death actually didn't change a lot, but it did cause huge mourning around the world. Truly a tragic event.

I kind of wish it did she died because her driver went to fast trying to get away from paparazzi. This is a sign of a big problem with how the media interacts with famous people.

20 The Death of Attila the Hun

Attila the Hun's deaths is one of the weirdest deaths. He legit died because of a nosebleed at a celebration. It could have been because of poisoning, internal bleeding caused by heavy drinking, or worst of all he simply had a bad nosebleed. After his death the Huns basically disappear from history. Would we see a more infamous Hun empire if he survived? We will never know for sure.

21 The Death of Napoleon Bonaparte
22 The Death of Robert F. Kennedy
23 The Death of Osama Bin Laden

This caused parties all across america

24 The Death of George Washington
25 The Death of Saddam Hussein
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