historical figures The Most Famous Assassinations In History  

David Jones
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Famous assassinations in history, including political assassinations, ideological assassinations and even some cases of people being killed by beloved bodyguards, friends and family. History is full of assassinated people whose deaths were often as controversial as their lives, and this list is a comprehensive catalog of those deaths by assassination. This one's for you, my fellow History Channel-loving geeks.

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François Darlan Died at 61 (1881-1942) Killed On: December 24, 1942 Jean Louis Xavier François Darlan was a French Admiral and political figure. He was Admiral of the Fleet and commander in chief of the French Navy in 1939 at the beginning of World War ...more

Mohamed Khemisti Killed On: April 11, 1963

Mustafa Bouyali Died at 47 (1940-1987) Killed On: February 3, 1987 Mustafa Bouyali was the leader of the Algerian Islamic Armed Movement, a guerrilla group based around Larbaa south of Algiers, from 1982 to 1987. Born in 1940, Bouyali fought for the National ...more

Mohamed Boudiaf Killed On: June 29, 1992

Kasdi Merbah Died at 55 (1938-1993) Killed On: August 22, 1993 Kasdi Merbah was the prime minister of Algeria from November 5, 1988 until September 9, 1989. He was a member of the FLN, which ruled the country at that time. He was assassinated on August 21, ...more

Abdelkader Alloula Died at 65 (1929-1994) Killed On: March 10, 1994 Abdelkader Alloula was an Algerian playwright. He was assassinated by Islamists.

Cheb Hasni Died at 26 (1968-1994) Killed On: September 29, 1994 Cheb Hasni born Hasni Chakroun was a performer of Algerian raï music. He was popular across North Africa, having reached the height of his career in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was ...more

Matoub Lounès Died at 42 (1956-1998) Killed On: June 25, 1998 Lounès Matoub was a famous Berber Kabyle singer, poet, thinker and mandole player who was a prominent advocate of the Berber cause, human rights and secularism in Algeria throughout his ...more

Abdelkader Hachani Died at 43 (1956-1999) Killed On: November 22, 1999 Abdelkader Hachani was a leading figure and founding member of the Islamic Salvation Front, an Algerian Islamist party.

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Jeremias Chitunda Died at 50 (1942-1992) Killed On: November 2, 1992 Jeremias Kalandula Chitunda served as the Vice President of UNITA until his assassination in Luanda, as part of the Halloween Massacre shortly after the first round of the presidential election, ...more

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Elias Salupeto Pena Killed On: November 2, 1992 Elias Salupeto Pena served as the representative of UNITA, an anti-Communist rebel group that fought against the MPLA in the Angolan Civil War, to the Joint Military and Political Commission. ...more

Thomas Sankara Died at 38 (1949-1987) Killed On: October 15, 1987 Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, pan-Africanist theorist, feminist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Viewed by ...more

Norbert Zongo Died at 49 (1949-1998) Killed On: December 13, 1998 Norbert Zongo was the publisher and editor of the Burkina Faso newspaper l'Indépendant. He was assassinated after his newspaper began investigating the murder of a driver who had worked ...more

Prince Louis Rwagasore Died at 29 (1932-1961) Killed On: October 13, 1961 Prince Louis Rwagasore is Burundi's national and independence hero. He was a Burundi nationalist and prime minister.

Pierre Ngendandumwe Died at 35 (1930-1965) Killed On: January 15, 1965 Pierre Ngendandumwe was a Burundian political figure. He was a member of the Union for National Progress and was an ethnic Hutu. On June 18, 1963, about a year after Burundi gained independence ...more

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Joseph Bamina Died at 40 (1925-1965) Killed On: September 30, 1965 Joseph Bamina was a Burundian politician and member of the Union for National Progress party. Bamina was Prime Minister from 26 January to 30 September 1965, and President of the Senate of ...more

Melchior Ndadaye Died at 40 (1953-1993) Killed On: October 21, 1993 Melchior Ndadaye was a Burundian intellectual and politician. He was the first democratically elected and first Hutu president of Burundi after winning the landmark 1993 election. Though he ...more

Cyprien Ntaryamira Died at 39 (1955-1994) Killed On: April 6, 1994 Cyprien Ntaryamira, was President of Burundi from 5 February 1994 until his death when aboard Juvénal Habyarimana's plane which was shot down on 6 April 1994.

Kassi Manlan Died at 54 (1947-2001) Killed On: November 20, 2001 Dr. Kassi Manlan was a World Health Organization representative who was assassinated in Burundi in 2001.

Ruben Um Nyobé Died at 45 (1913-1958) Killed On: September 13, 1958 Ruben Um Nyobé was an anti-colonialist Cameroonian leader, slain by the French army on 13 September 1958, near his natal village of Boumnyebel, in the department of Nyong-et-Kellé ...more

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François Tombalbaye Died at 57 (1918-1975) Killed In: 1975 François Tombalbaye, also called N'Garta Tombalbaye from 1973 until his death, was a teacher and a trade union activist who served as the first president of Chad. The head of Chad's ...more

Ali Soilih Died at 41 (1937-1978) Killed In: 1978 Ali Soilih, full name Ali Soilih, was a Comorian socialist revolutionary and political figure.

Ahmed Abdallah Died at 70 (1919-1989) Killed In: 1989 Ahmed Abdallah Abderemane was a Comorian politician. He was President of the Comoros from 25 October 1978 until his death.

Combo Ayouba Killed In: 2010

Marien Ngouabi Died at 39 (1938-1977) Killed On: Mar 18, 1977 Marien Ngouabi was the military President of the Republic of the Congo from January 1, 1969, to March 18, 1977.

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Patrice Lumumba Died at 36 (1925-1961) Killed On: Jan 17, 1961 Patrice Émery Lumumba was a Congolese independence leader and the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo. As founder and leader of the mainstream ...more

Maurice Mpolo Killed On: Jan 17, 1961

Joseph Okito Killed On: Jan 17, 1961

Laurent Kabila Killed On: Jan 16, 2001

Pompey the Great Killed In: 48 BC

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Al-Afdal Shahanshah Died at 55 (1066-1121) Killed In: 1121 al-Malik al-Afdal ibn Badr al-Jamali Shahanshah also Latin: Lavendalius/Elafdalio was a vizier of the Fatimid caliphs of Egypt.

Al-Amir bi-Ahkami'l-Lah Died at 34 (1096-1130) Killed In: 1130 Manṣūr al-Āmir bi'Aḥkāmi’l-Lāh, and recognised as the 20th Imam by the Mustaali Ismaili Shia sect. Like his father al-Musta‘lī (1094–1101), al-Āmir was controlled by the regent al-Afdal ...more

Qutuz Killed In: 1260 Saif ad-Din Qutuz, also spelled Kutuz or Koetoez, was the third of the Mamluk Sultans of Egypt in the Turkic line from 1259 until his death in 1260. It was under his leadership that the Mamluks ...more

Jean Baptiste Kléber Died at 47 (1753-1800) Killed In: 1800 Jean Baptiste Kléber was a French general during the French Revolutionary Wars. His military career started in Habsburg service, but his plebeian ancestry hindered his opportunities. ...more

Boutros Ghali Died at 64 (1846-1910) Killed In: 1910 Boutros Ghali was the prime minister of Egypt from 1908 to 1910.

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Sir Lee Stack Killed In: 1924

Walter Edward Guinness Killed In: 1944

Ahmed Maher Pasha Killed On: February 24, 1945

Mahmud Fahmi Nokrashi Killed On: December 28, 1948

Hassan al-Banna Died at 43 (1906-1949) Killed In: 1949 Sheikh Hassan Ahmed Abdel Rahman Muhammed al-Banna known as Hassan al-Banna was a school teacher and imam, best known for founding the Muslim Brotherhood, one of the largest and most influential ...more

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Anwar Sadat Died at 63 (1918-1981) Killed On: October 6, 1981 Muhammad Anwar El Sadat was the third President of Egypt, serving from 15 October 1970 until his assassination by fundamentalist army officers on 6 October 1981. Sadat was a senior member of the ...more

Rifaat al-Mahgoub Killed In: 1990

Farag Foda Died at 47 (1945-1992) Killed In: 1992 Farag Foda, was a prominent Egyptian professor, writer, columnist, and human rights activist. He was assassinated in June 1992 by members of Islamist group al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya after being ...more

Deyda Hydara Died at 58 (1946-2004) Killed In: 2004 Deyda Hydara was a co-founder and primary editor of The Point, a major independent Gambian newspaper. He was also a correspondent for both AFP News Agency and Reporters Without Borders for more ...more

Amílcar Cabral Died at 49 (1924-1973) Killed In: 1973 Amílcar Lopes da Costa Cabral was a Guinea-Bissauan and Cape Verdean agricultural engineer, writer, and a nationalist thinker and political leader. He was also one of Africa's foremost ...more

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Baciro Dabó Killed In: 2009