Many years in the past and even up to these days, assassination is a popular way of killing people. Common victims of this merciless deed are those famous personalities such as celebrities, businessmen, and the favorite subjects of assassination – political leaders. Here are the top 10 popular political leaders who were assassinated:
10. Benazir Bhutto
She was the very first female Prime Minister of Pakistan for two terms. She was the one who fought for democracy of the said country. December 27, 2007 was the exact date when she was assassinated. It was during a campaign rally in Rawalpindi City.
9. John F. Kennedy
Since 1961-1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States of America. He was the first President of the country who was a Roman Catholic. It was way back in November 22, 1963 when he was assassinated while having a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.
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8. Indira Gandhi
For 3 consecutive terms, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India from year 1966-1977. In the year 1980-1984, she was re-elected as a Prime Minister and this was her 4th term in the service. She was killed by her own bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
7. Martin Luther King Jr.
He was the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Aside from that, he was also an activist and an American clergyman. April 4, 1968 was the exact date when he was assassinated that took place in a certain motel where he was standing in the balcony.
6. Abraham Lincoln
From March 1861-April 1865, he was the President of the United States of America. He was very famous on his nickname, Honest Abe. He was known for being fair and respectful. It was through his effort that slavery in the country was ended. April 14, 1865 was the date when he was assassinated.
5. Liaquat Ali Khan
He was one of those leaders who founded the modern Pakistan. He was the first Prime Minister in the said country. Aside from being a famous political leader, he was also a political theorist, lawyer, and statesman. On October 16, 1951, he was assassinated while having a public meeting in Company Bagh, Rawalpindi.
4. King Faisal
His real name is Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. In the year 1964-1975, he was the king of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was the one who pushed Pro-Palestinian nationalism, anti-Communism, and pan-Islamism. It was on March 25, 1975 when he was assassinated by his half brother’s son.
3. Thomas D’Arcy McGee
This political leader was known to be the Father of Canadian Confederation. Aside from being a political leader, he was also a journalist, Catholic spokesman, and an Irish Nationalist. His assassination dated back on April 7, 1868. He was shot by Patrick J. Whelan while waiting for his landlady outside his boarding house.
2. Rafic Hariri
Aside from being a Prime Minister of Lebanon, he was also a business tycoon. On October 20, 2004, he decided to resign as Lebanon’s Prime Minister. It was way back on February 14, 2005 when he was assassinated while having his motorcade in Beirut, Lebanon.
1. Mahatma Gandhi
He’s among those great leaders in the world. In fact, he’s considered to be the “Father of India”. Without him, India will never enjoy independence from its British rulers. While he was on his way to a prayer meeting, Gandhi was mercilessly assassinated by Nathuram Godse on January 30, 1948.
These are the 10 best and famous political leaders who were assassinated. They’re certainly important parts of the world history.