10 major political assassinations that shook the world

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1. Malcolm X: He was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a prominent figure during the civil rights movement. A spokesman for the Nation of Islam within the black community. He was Assassinated on 21 February 1965.

2. Jamal Khashoggi: A Saudi dissident, journalist, and columnist for The Washington Post, former editor of Al-Watan, and former general manager and editor-in-chief of the Al-Arab News Channel, was assassinated on October 2nd, 2018 by agents of the Saudi government at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

3. Patrice Lumumba: He was the first elected prime minister of Congo, was shot dead by a firing squad while in custody near Kinshasa (then Léopoldville), apparently on the orders of Belgian forces and the CIA. He was assassinated on January 17, 196.

4. John F Kennedy: The US president was shot dead by former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald while he traveling in a motorcade in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

5. Qasem Soleimani: The top Iranian military commander was killed in an American drone strike on his motorcade in Baghdad on January 3, 2020. The killing led to Iran launching missiles on two American military bases in Iraq on January 8.

6. Julius Caesar: It was on the Ides of March (March 15) that Roman emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by a group of senators, including his friend Brutus, on the Ides of March in Rome to stop him from gaining too much power. His death led to a series of civil wars.

7. Martin Luther King Jr The iconic American civil rights leader was fatally shot by James Earl Ray on a motel’s balcony in Memphis On April 4, 1968. The killing led to a period of national mourning that helped speed up the passage of an equal housing bill.

8. Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi, a global symbol of non-violence, was shot dead by Nathuram Godse in Delhi on January 30, 1948. The killing shocked the entire world and lakhs of Indians poured into the streets to pay homage to the father of the nation.

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9. Benazir Bhutto: The Pakistani leader was killed in a suicide bombing at an election rally in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007. Her assassination led to popular support for her party.

10. Abraham Lincoln: He died on April 15, 1865, at age 56, after being shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

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