Assassinations that Changed the World

Assassinations nearly always have political motivations in addition to personal ones. The intention is to kill the target while simultaneously killing their ideals or principles, instilling dread in the hearts of their contemporaries and startling the rest of the world. People have always struggled to cope with the effects of assassinations, which has led to soul-searching, colossal expressions of mourning, and even conspiracy theories after great personalities have been killed.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is undoubtedly the most well-known president in American history. He presided over the country during the Civil War, kept the Union together, ended slavery, modernised the economy, and strengthened the federal government. Lincoln, a supporter of black rights, particularly voting rights, was despised by Confederate states. His killer, Confederate spy John Wilkes Booth, claimed to be acting in retaliation against the Southern states. Lincoln was in the theatre when he was shot at point-blank range; he passed away the next morning. Lincoln's death harmed relations between the North and South of the United States since his successor, President Andrew Johnson, oversaw the Reconstruction era and, to the chagrin of some in the North, was forgiving to Southern states and extended amnesty to many former Confederates.

Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi led nonviolent opposition to British authority as part of India's fight for independence, making him one of the movement's earliest heroes. Gandhi shifted his focus from working to get independence—which was won in 1947—to attempting to stop religious violence between Hindus and Muslims. Nathuram Vinayak Godse, a Hindu nationalist who thought Gandhi's stance was too tolerant of Muslims, killed him in January 1948. His passing was lamented all across the world. Godse was apprehended, put on trial, and given the death penalty.


John F. Kennedy was widely regarded as America's darling. Young, endearing, and idealistic, Kennedy was especially well-liked in the US due to his New Frontier domestic initiatives and strongly anti-Communist foreign policy. In Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, Kennedy was slain. The nation was shocked by his death. He didn't hold the position for a full three years, but he's frequently rated as one of the best and most likeable presidents in American history. Many have interpreted Lee Harvey Oswald's capture and subsequent murder before he could be convicted as evidence of a larger cover-up and a conspiracy.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., served as the head of the American Civil Rights Movement for most of his career. He encountered plenty of hostility and criticism, including a near-fatal stabbing in 1958, and he frequently faced deadly threats. King reportedly informed his wife that he thought he would also be assassinated after hearing of JFK's death in 1963. In 1968, King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on a hotel balcony. James Earl Ray, who killed him, initially admitted guilt to the charge of murder but then recanted. Many people, including King's family, think the government, the mafia, or both planned to kill him in order to silence him.

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi, the third Prime Minister of India and the only woman to have ever led the nation, was another casualty of the country's religious conflicts. Gandhi, a controversial person who helped form Bangladesh, was politically intransigent and backed the East Pakistan independence struggle. She was a Hindu who, in 1984, after ordering military action in the Golden Temple in Amritsar, one of the most significant places for Sikhs, was slain by her Sikh bodyguards. There was vengeance for Gandhi's killing against Sikh communities all over India, and it is claimed that over 8,000 people died as a result.

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