November 22, 2010

World Leader Assassinations (VIDEO)

One of the most cataclysmic events that can happen in any society is when a world leader is assassinated. This act of violence can turn an entire nation, or even the whole world, on its head. What are some of the most impactful world leader assassinations?

The death of JFK is of course a landmark event in American history, as is the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The killings of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X also had a huge impact. But historically there are other murders that may have had an even greater effect, as you can read below.

World Leader Assassinations (VIDEO)

1. Julius Caesar
He was assassinated on 15 March 44 (BC) by a group of senators - almost 60 of them, while he was in Pompey. A powerful military and political personage, he was responsible for raising the Roman Empire to new heights. His death triggered the end of the Roman Republic.

2 Abraham Lincoln
Assassinated in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's death was the aftermath of a divisive civil war in the United States. Ranked among the greatest Presidents of the United States, he staked his career on the abolition of slavery, and on preventing the United States from breaking up into two.

3. Franz Ferdinand
His murder on June 28th, 1914 was the spark for the beginning of World War 1. He was the Archduke of Austria and he was assassinated by a bunch of Serbian zealots. Two months later Austria and Hungary declared war on Serbia leading to a conflict that lasted 4 years and engulfed most of Europe...

World Leader Assassinations (VIDEO)

Posted at November 22, 2010 6:01 AM