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Assassination is the murder of a prominent person, often but not always a political leader or ruler, usually for political reasons or payment.

An assassination may be prompted by religious, political, or military motives; it is an act that may be done for financial gain, to avenge a grievance, from a desire to acquire fame or notoriety, or because of a military, security or insurgent group's command to carry out the homicide.


  • Julius Caesar (-44)
  • Abraham Lincoln (1865)
  • Tsar Alexander II (1881)
  • Song Jiaoren (1913)
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand (1914)
  • Leon Trotsky (1940)
  • Mahatma Ghandi (1948)
  • John F. Kennedy (1963)
  • Malcolm X (1965)
  • Martin Luther King (1968)
  • Robert Kennedy (1968)
  • Steve Biko (1977)
  • Louis Mountbatten (1979)
  • John Lennon (1980)
  • Indira Ghandi (1984)
  • Yitzhak Rabin (1995)


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