Historical Figures Photos Of Historical Leaders Who Had Open Casket Funerals  

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Lying in state is a common tradition for famous fallen leaders. Getting one last look at a dead celebrity or political leader gives people closure. Pictures of presidents lying in state, as well as dictators, heads of social movements, kings, and queens, can be heartwarming and creepy, depending on how their bodies are preserved and presented. Preparing a dead body can be tricky but the list of embalmed world leaders includes some very prominent names including Eva Peron and Vladimir Lenin. Here are some notable leaders through history that were presented to the public for one final goodbye. 


Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Photos Of Historical Leaders Who Had Open Casket Funerals
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma —applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa,—is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu in India. Born and raised in a Hindu merchant caste family in coastal Gujarat, western India, and trained in law at the Inner Temple, London, Gandhi first employed nonviolent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights. After his return to India in 1915, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 79 (1869-1948)

Birthplace: Porbandar, India

Cause Of Death: Assassination by firearm

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Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Photos Of Historical Leaders Who Had Open Casket Funerals
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Pope Saint John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła was a Roman Catholic priest, bishop, and Cardinal who eventually rose to become Pope. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who was elected in August after the death of Pope Paul VI, died after thirty-three days. Then-Cardinal Wojtyla was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted his predecessor's name out of tribute to the deceased former pontiff. In the years since his death, John Paul II has since been made a saint by the Church. He is referred to as Pope Saint John Paul II or Saint John Paul the Great, for example as a name for institutions. He was the second ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 85 (1920-2005)

Birthplace: Wadowice, Poland

Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction, Parkinson's disease

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Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Au... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Photos Of Historical Leaders Who Had Open Casket Funerals
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Franz Ferdinand was an Archduke of Austria-Este, Austro-Hungarian and Royal Prince of Hungary and of Bohemia, and from 1896 until his death, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia. This caused the Central Powers and Serbia's allies to declare war on each other, starting World War I. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 51 (1863-1914)

Birthplace: Graz, Austria

Cause Of Death: Firearm, Assassination

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Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Photos Of Historical Leaders Who Had Open Casket Funerals
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Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history. Malcolm X was effectively orphaned early in life. His father was killed when he was six and his mother was placed in a mental hospital when he was thirteen, after which he lived in a series of foster homes. In 1946, at age 20, he went to prison for ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 40 (1925-1965)

Birthplace: North Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Cause Of Death: Ballistic trauma, Assassination

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