Famous Assassinations In World History

Throughout human history, greatness has often been met with violence. In this article, we explore some of the most famous instances of assassination in the history of humanity. The information below was gathered from reputable sources all over the Internet and presented to you here for convenience.

On August 22nd, 1962, the OAS (meaning the Secret Army Association) attempted to assassinate then-French President Charles de Gaulle. 12 Operatives opened fire on the President’s motorcade as it was traveling through Paris, and though the group fired more than 120 rounds off, no one was seriously injured. Unfortunately, not everyone in history has been as lucky as de Gaulle was on that fateful day. In memory of this event, let us take a brief look back at some of the most high-profile assassinations throughout human history.

John F. Kennedy

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Prior to the assassination, President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Texas Governor John Connally ride through the streets of Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Included as an exhibit for the Warren Commission. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Perhaps the single-most covered assassination in the modern era, favorite American President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot in the head from a nearby building as his motorcade strolled down Elm Street in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd, 1963. It was soon revealed that the killer was one Lee Harvey Oswald, though the exact motivations have been muddied by enumerable conspiracy theories that persist to this day. It took the stunned American population months to recover, and ripples of this event shaped public discourse for years to come, leading up to Kennedy’s brother Robert being murdered just eight years later.

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