What does the word “assassination” bring to your mind? Probably famous people, snipers, poisons, and other dangerous sounding things. Well, today we’re going to look at some of the most high profile assassinations in history. Some are from really long ago, and some are more recent, but all of them changed the course of history. These are 25 Shocking Assassinations That Shook The World.
A former Russian FSB agent, Alexander defected to the UK with his family. In 2006, he mysteriously fell ill and ended up in the hospital. It turns out he had been drinking tea containing radioactive polonium-210. He died shortly thereafter.
Note: Alexander is the first confirmed victim of lethal polonium-210-induced acute radiation syndrome.
Five years after his brother’s assassination, Robert was also assassinated while campaigning for the presidency. His death led to presidential candidates having Secret Service protection.
As the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir was shot when she stood up through the sunroof of her bulletproof vehicle. She died in the hospital one hour later.
James A Garfield
President Garfield was shot twice in the back while walking through the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station. It wasn’t actually the bullets that killed him though. The cause of death was most likely unsanitary surgical conditions that led to infection.
The 25th President was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz while giving a speech. After being shot twice, McKinley urged his aides to call off the crowd that was about to lynch his assassin. The President succumbed to his wounds 10 days later.
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