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History of Assassinations

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The death of someone important is very tragic and can be life-changing. There are people in this world who are careless enough to kill a living person. An assassination is the murder of a person by a surprise attack. There has been many political assassinations around the world. Each murder is different, with different motives and conspiracies, but in the end they are just a cruel act of violence directed to someone innocent. The United States does not have more assassinations than other countries; there has been more assassinations in other countries around the world. Assassinations occur because some people are against their political leaders or are mentally deranged, who just chose their victim at random. I will talk about the assassinations of some very important people in history: Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, and Mahatma Gandhi. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his death in April 1865. He was the first president to be was assassinated. He was assassinated, by a famous actor named John Wilkes Booth, 5 days after the American Civil War had ended. John Wilkes attempted kidnapping the president on March 20th 1865, but he failed. On April 14, 1865 President Lincoln attended a comedy performance of “Our American Cousin” at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. He sat in a private box above the stage with his wife, an army officer named Henry Rathbone and his fiancé. At about 10:15pm, Booth sneaked in the private box and fired his gun into the back of Lincoln’s head and stabbed Rathbone. He escaped by jumping into the stage, breaking his leg, and left Washington on horseback. The audience immediately recognized Booth when he was on stag... ... middle of paper ... ...ho were pulling the coffin where king laid, through the streets of Atlanta to pay their respects. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, was born on October 2, 1869 and died on January 30, 1948. He was an Indian political and spiritual leader. On January 30th at 5:15 pm, Gandhi was entering the Biria house gardens where he deliver a daily prayer in New Delhi, India when he was approached by Nathura Vinayak Godse, a Hindu nationalist, who shot Gandhi three times. As written in an article in the New York Times, “His death left all India stunned and bewildered as to the direction that this newly independent nation would take without its ‘mahatma’ (Great Teacher).” The strongest influence for peace in India was dead. There were several riots in Bombay, after receiving the news of the assassination, killing fifteen persons and injuring more than fifty.
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