Here is a list of infamous assassinations which made history:

1. John F Kennedy: John Fitzgerald 'Jack' Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. He also won the Pulitzer Prize in history for 'Profiles in Courage' in 1955. Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullets while travelling with his wife in a Presidential motorcade. It is alleged that his assassination was part of a conspiracy. Kennedy was the youngest elected President in US, youngest to die and the fourth US President to be assassinated.

2. Indira Gandhi: One of the most dynamic Indian leaders, Indira Gandhi was the first lady and the fourth Indian Prime Minister. She faced the wrath of the Sikh community after Operation Blue Star which damaged the Sikh shrine Golden Temple. While walking through her garden in Prime Minister's residence in New Delhi, Indira Gandhi was shot dead by her own Sikh bodyguards. Thirty bullets were shot at her which ultimately led to her death.


3. Abraham Lincoln: The most infamous assassination was that of America's 16th President Abraham Lincoln. He successfully led America through Civil War and was the man behind abolishment of slavery, modernisation of economy, and strengthening of federal system. Lincoln was shot on a Good Friday while he was watching a play 'Our American Cousin' with his wife in Ford Theatre. Abraham Lincoln's assassination was part of a larger conspiracy in a bid to revive the Confederate cause. He was the first American President to be assassinated and his death was mourned nationally.


4. Julius Caesar: 'Et tu, Brute?' these famous words were not part of history but created history. The most famous conspiracy which shook the Roman Empire was Julius Caesar's assassination. The assassination was a conspiracy by many Roman senators led by Caesar's close associate Brutus. Led by Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus, the senators stabbed Julius Caesar to death adjacent to the Theatre of Pompey on March 15, 44 BC.


5. Rajiv Gandhi: Rajiv Gandhi's assassination was the second one after his mother Indira Gandhi was assassinated. His assassination occurred as a result of a suicide bombing in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai when he was not the Prime Minister. At least 14 others were also killed in a deadly suicide attack. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a militant organization from Sri Lanka was held responsible for the attack as a counter to India's involvement in Sri Lanka's Civil War.

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