Top 5 Assassinations that Changed History. These historic assassinations probably changed the course of history forever.
5. John F. Kennedy
When John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1961, in Dallas, Texas, it was witnessed on nationwide television. He was an extremely charismatic personality and many believed that he had the potential and ability to be a great President.
4. Mahatma Gandhi
Soon after India gained its independence from England, the main architect of its struggle for independence, M.K.Gandhi was killed by a Hindu fanatic, Nathuram Godse in 1948. With his death, India lost a leader who had the ability to lead its teeming masses, without raising his voice or advocating drastic measures.
3. Franz Ferdinand
His murder on June 28th, 1914 was the spark for the beginning of World War 1. He was the Archduke of Austria and he was assassinated by a bunch of Serbian zealots. Two months later Austria and Hungary declared war on Serbia leading to a conflict that lasted 4 years and engulfed most of Europe.
2. Julius Caesar
He was assassinated on 15 March 44 (BC) by a group of senators – almost 60 of them, while he was in Pompey. A powerful military and political person, he was responsible for raising the Roman Empire to new heights. His death triggered the end of the Roman Republic.
1. Abraham Lincoln
Assassinated in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln’s death was the aftermath of a divisive civil war in the United States. Ranked among the greatest Presidents of the United States, he staked his career on the abolition of slavery, and on preventing the United States from breaking up into two.