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Year Victim(s) Assassin(s) Place & Notes
Julius Caesar 15th March, 44 BC Marcus Brutus and other senators Rome, Italy. His last words were, "Et tu, Brute?" ("Even you Brutus?").
Philip II of Macedon 336 Pausanias Aigai, Macedon. Father of Alexander the Great
Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury 1170 Four knights Canterbury Cathedral. Stabbed to death on the orders of Henry II of England.




Spencer Perceval 1812 John Bellingham Lobby of the House of Commons, London. The only British prime minister to be assassinated.
Abraham Lincoln April 14th, 1865 John Wilkes Booth Ford's Theatre in Washington DC. Watching the play Our American Cousin.
James Garfield 1881 Charles J. Guiteau Railroad station in Washington, D.C. The 20th president of the United States
Jesse James 1882 Robert Ford Near Kearney, Missouri. Shot in the back whilst dusting a picture.
William McKinley 1901 Leon Czolgosz Buffalo, New York. The 25th president of the United States.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria June, 1914 Gavrilo Princip Sarajevo in Bosnia. Sparked the beginning of World War One.
Mahatma Gandhi 30th January, 1948 Nathuram Godse New Delhi, India.
John F Kennedy 22nd November, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald Dallas, Texas. Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby before he could be tried on 24th November.
Malcolm X Feb, 1965 Nation of Islam* Audubon Ballroom, New York City, U.S. Real name was Malcolm Little.
Martin Luther King Jr 4th April, 1968 James Earl Ray The balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old.
Robert F Kennedy June, 1968 Sirhan Sirhan Los Angeles
Airey Neave
Conservative politician
1979 I.R.A. Palace of Westminster, London. Killed by a car bomb.
Louis Mountbatten 1979 Thomas McMahon The harbour at Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland. An explosive device was attached to his 30-foot long wooden boat.
John Lennon December 8,1980 Mark David Chapman Dakota apartment building, Manhatten, New York City.
Indira Gandhi October, 1984 Satwant Singh and Beant Singh New Delhi, India. First and, to 2021, only female Prime Minister of India.
Ian Gow
Conservative politician
1990 IRA Near his house in East Sussex by a car bomb.
Rajiv Gandhi May, 1991 Dhanu Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, India. The first politician to be assassinated by a bomb blast.
Alexander Litvinenko 2006 Unknown London, England. Poisoned by radioactive polonium-210.
Benazir Bhutto 2007 Mustafa Abu al-Yazid** Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan.

* There is still much debate over who killed Malcolm X.
** Al-Qaeda commander Mustafa Abu al-Yazid claimed responsibility.