Shocking Assassinations in the History Ever!
“Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.” – George Bernard Shaw. These words by Dr. George Bernard Shaw are absolutely right in today’s time. The shocking fact is that the rate of assassinations are increasing. They are the most horrifying incidents that changes the life of an entire nation involved. Generally behind every assassination, there is a clear motive – religious idealism, jealousy, revenge, contact killing, and political, which is the most common motive. Assassinations have always changed the history and it was preferred by people who were against certain changes. They used it as a tool to change the face of history. If you are interested to know more, here is a list of top shocking assassinations in the history ever!
So, read on….
Malcolm X: Malcolm X was an Afro-American Muslim minister. He was a strong politician, powerful speaker, and human rights activist too! He was a courageous advocate and fought for the rights of African Americans. He was the man who dictated the white Americans for the racial discrimination against the blacks. However, his comment about the assassination of president Kennedy came as a shock! He said that it was a case of “Chickens Coming Home to Rest.” Little did he know that he was also destined to be assassinated on February 21,1965. Malcolm X was speaking at a meeting in the Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom, when a man pulled out his sawed-off shotgun and shot him in the chest. Two other men charged forward and shot him 16 times. These men were from the Nation of Islam and were convicted.
Lee Harvey Oswald: As the quote goes – “What You Do Comes Back To You.” These words are true when it is about Lee Harvey Oswald. This man who was responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, was himself assassinated two days after the horrific shooting of the president. He was killed by Jack Ruby, who runs a nightclub in Dallas. Ruby was angered and upset by JFK’s murder and this extreme step was taken to sought revenge. Oswald was shot on November 24th in the year 1963, aged 24.
John Lenon: Remember the famous song, “Imagine” by Lennon? The musician and song-writer from the famous band “The Beetles” of the 1960’s had worldwide success not only as a member of the band, but also as a peace activist. He was a true icon to both young and the old. However, on December 8th 1980, Lennon was in the New York City. As he was returning to his hotel, a man from behind shot him four times. Immediately, the music legend collapsed and was taken to Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The man behind this assassination, Mark David Chapman, was arrested and is in jail to this day. The exact reason for the murder still remained a mystery! Though it still remains an unsolved mystery, the most horrifying thing was to lose an iconic singer – John Lennon the Legend!
Robert F. Kennedy: The former US senator and the younger brother of John F. Kennedy was shot dead mercilessly on June 5th of 1968 by Sirhan Sirhan. A day later, Robert F. Kennedy died in the hospital. The motive behind this murder was for the US support of Israel in the six day war that took place in the year 1967. Americans mourned the death of their leader, who was known to be one of the Presidential Candidate for the Democratic Party.
Martin Luther King Jr: He was the single man behind many revolutionary movements and the American Civil Rights Movement. His main motive was to abolish racial discrimination of the African Americans. King was shot on April 4th 1968, while he was standing on the balcony of his motel room. Following the murder, there were riots in more than 60 cities throughout U.S.A. James Earl Ray was a white man who killed King as he opposed the African-American Civil Rights Movements.
Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States held tenure from 1861 until 1865, the year he died. He was killed by John Wilkes Booth, who was a confederate spy and he was angry for supporting the freedom of African Americans. He assassinated Lincoln on April 14th 1865, when he was in theatre. Boothe waited until laughter filled the theatre and then shot the president in the head. Though Boothe was finally caught and immediately killed, Americans lost one of their finest presidents, which was indeed an irreparable loss!
Julius Caesar: This great Roman emperor who was a powerful person in 1st century BC was a political and military figure. He was the man behind the civil war in the Roman Republic. Julius Caesar was killed when he was walking past the Theatre of Pompey, where he was stabbed repeatedly. He had 23 stab wounds and sadly, his death marked the death of the Roman Republic! After this bloody aftermath, emerged a new Roman Empire!
Franz Ferdinand: This man was known as the catalyst for the beginning of World War-I. This Archduke of Austria was on a visit to Sarajevo on June 28th 1914. While riding an open-top car, Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were shot by people of “The Black hand” that was a Serbian group, which was attempting for independence for the states that were under the Austria-Hungary empire. The first world war began after two months of this Archduke’s death. His death marked the beginning of World war-1.
John F. Kennedy: Also called JFK, was the 35th President the United States. His Presidency was the most event-filled one in the entire history. The important movements like the American Civil rights Movement, Space race, Cuban Missile Crisis, the beginning of the Vietnam war, and building of the Berlin wall – all took place during his Presidency. There have been lot of controversies and conspiracies over his death. It happened on November 22nd 1963, when he was travelling in his open top limousine. Three terrific gun shots were fired from a high-powered rifle. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the murder of the President and he himself was assassinated two days after JFK died. Despite a number of investigations, the death of John F. Kennedy is still shrouded under mystery.
These were some of the terrific or horrifying assassinations that changed the history of mankind. Though, they have been used as a powerful tool to change the course of history. They have also been used to kill the evil forces or end a dictator.
However, it cannot be used by people just as a means to show their anger or displeasure. A serious and severe legal action must be taken against such people, who plan assassinations. Blood-shed is not the solution against any evil. Love and peace among the people in the world can make it a better place to live in.
“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.