The Most Infamous Assassinations in History
Few things disrupt the norm like an assassination. And that is most certainly by design. Most of the figureheads that line the pages of this article, at one point, enjoyed unparalleled control over a whole lot of people.
In many cases, their deaths were even more important. A premature end to an important figure can spark chaos, confusion, and harsh reactions the world over. And that’s par for the course for these historical figures.
Today, we dig in to some of the most impactful assassinations in the history of human civilizations. You may not be familiar with their names, their deeds, or the particulars of their death, but you have, without a doubt, been impacted by them.
So, let’s get to it! These are the most infamous assassinations in the history of mankind.
John F. Kennedy
It’s impossible to understate the impact of JFK’s assassination on November 22, 1963, as his motorcade cruised along Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Ask anyone who was alive at the time and they’ll recount exactly where they were when they heard the news and, probably, what they were holding in their hand too.
It’s safe to say that, even if you weren’t alive at the time, you’ve probably seen the stills. President Kennedy’s lifeless body slumped over in the back seat of a convertible, his wife desperately trying to save his life. The Warren Commission, the people in charge of the investigation, blamed Lee Harvey Oswald for the deed, though the public hasn’t exactly accepted that explanation. What everyone can agree on however, is that that the world was never the same again.
It’s a testament to the impact of the assassination that, over 2000 years later, we’re still talking about it.
Julius Caesar was a celebrated general and powerful dictator that ruled over the Roman Empire. But we aren’t here to deconstruct Caesar’s infrastructure budget. On March 15, 44 B.C., Caesar was the victim of a brazen conspiracy to overthrow the Roman Power structure.
Caesar and his senators met in a hall nest to Pompey’s theatre, just ahead of his planned trip abroad. Caesar would never embark on his planned journey though. Instead, Caesar would receive 23 stab wounds, delivered by his closest allies.
With just a few squeezes of a trigger and four bullets, Mark David Chapman became a household name over night. On December 8, 1980, Chapman approached former Beatle and international music icon John Lennon in the archway of Lennon’s New York home and opened fire before the Beatle had time to turn around to face him.
The international outcry was immediate and pervasive. John Lennon was more than just a rock star. He as a symbol of art, peace, and progression. Adding to the aggravation of the senseless act, Chapman’s motive for the murder was a desire for fame. “I was obsessed with one thing,” Chapman explained later, “and that was shooting him so that I could be somebody.”