Often times, the news of the death of a celebrity or politician is shocking. So that people can remember exactly when they found out that the president, singer, or activist was murdered.
When a murder occurs to the most influential person, it must have a shocking effect. For example, the shooting of President John F. Kennedy permanently changed the US Secret Service. Well, below, as quoted from the Insidehook page , there are some of the most famous murders in the world that killed important figures.
The murder of Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar was a Roman military leader. His famous assassination by the Roman Senate was led by Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus. On the Ides of March in 44 BC, Cassius urged his fellow deliverers and hit Caesar in the chest. But thanks to these acts of political violence, the Roman Republic finally fell, as Rome’s middle and lower classes became enraged by a deadly plot, ultimately sparking another civil war.
The murder of Abraham Lincoln
The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was shot in the back of the head by John Wilkes Booth, a member of one of the most prominent acting families in the United States of the 19th century. Booth is a staunch supporter of Southern causes and is outspoken in advocating for slavery.
The original plot involved Lincoln’s sensational kidnapping, but after several failed attempts, he decided to assassinate the president instead. He learned that Lincoln would attend the Our American Cousin show at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC, just five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee handed over his Troops in Northern Virginia to General Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Court House.
During the show, Booth sneaks into the theater box Lincoln was seated in and shoots him in the back of the head with a derringer pistol. He jumped over the fence and shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis!” (the state slogan of Virginia, meaning “Always be so to the tyrants!”) and “The South is avenged!”
Booth broke his leg in the fall, but escaped, but was finally arrested 11 days later. Lincoln, badly injured, finally succumbs to his wounds the next day.
The assassination of John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated while driving a motorcade in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. His alleged killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, shot Kennedy from a window on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Storage Building.
Oswald used a mail order rifle and allegedly fired three shots, two of which hit and killed President Kennedy and the other wounded Texas Governor John B. Connally.
After the shooting, Oswald took a bus or taxi to his boarding house, left, and was immediately stopped by patrol officer JD Tippit, who believed Oswald resembled the suspect described on the radio. Oswald kills Tippit with a gun and is later arrested by police while hiding in a nearby theater.
The murder of Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. is a Baptist pastor and social activist who was instrumental in the success of the civil rights movement in ending the legal segregation of African-Americans in South and other parts of the United States.
He was the head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and leader of the 1963 Parade in Washington for Work and Freedom. His efforts to win equality on behalf of African Americans won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
In the spring of 1968, a petty criminal and runaway convict named James Earl Ray began stalking King, angered by the clergy’s call for racial equality. Then he shot King from the window of a nearby boarding house, while King stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
The John Lennon murder
John Lennon, a member of the legendary rock group The Beatles, was murdered on December 8, 1980 by Mark David Chapman, who told his wife that he was obsessed with killing Lennon. Chapman stood at the arch of Dakota, Lennon’s Manhattan apartment building, and shot Lennon in the back five times.
Immediately afterwards, the Lennon building doorman, Jose Perdomo, shouted, “Do you know what you have done?” and Chapman replied, “Yes, I just killed John Lennon.”
Murder of Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi was well known for his doctrine of nonviolent protest for political and social progress. He was the leader of the Indian nationalist movement against the British Raj and is considered the father of the state.
He was killed by Nathuram Godse, who believed Gandhi treated Muslims with more respect than Hindus and criticized Gandhi’s use of power. Godse shot Gandhi three times from close range with a pistol.