The Most Infamous Assassinations in History

Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee, American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was shot in the neck, the victim of a sniper attack. Though King was immediately rushed to the nearby St. Joseph’s Hospital, he would not survive.

The perpetrator, James Earl Ray was a known fugitive and, was arrested a few months later at London, England’s international Heathrow Airport.

The assassination followed mounting pressure from all sides. Young African-Americans felt that he was too soft on his convictions, while white folk fighting to maintain the status quo. It was a shocking revelation that made international news, but his message of equal rights endures to this day.

Malcolm X

Malcolm X would share a similar fate with his civil-rights peer. His Machiavellian message steeled the hearts of the African-American freedom fighters and sparked the Black Power and the Nation of Islam. That last movement, the Nation of Islam, would be his undoing. In the year before his ultimate end, Malcolm X formally left his post at the Nation of Islam and founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity instead.

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Sadly, on February 21, 1965, while speaking at 400-person rally in a ballroom in Washington Heights, New York, Malcolm X was gunned down by 22-year-old Thomas Hagan. It is believed that Hagan committed did the deed on behalf of the Nation of Islam. Malcolm X was just 39-years-old at the time of his death.

Nicholas II

Nicholas II was Russia’s last Czar and died a gruesome death at the hands of the Bolsheviks on July 17, 1918 in Russia.

Why? Well, the outcome of the First World War sparked civil unrest in the Motherland. The situation boiled over, causing mass protests, violent armed clashes with police, and earned the support of the Russian Army. Nicholas II would abdicate his throne three days after the Russian Army got involved. Today, the ceding of power is known simply as the February Revolution.

Nicholas II would be jailed and executed alongside the entire Romanov family. The February Revolution and the subsequent Russian Revolution, led to the eventual rise of the Soviet Union.

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