5. Alexander I of Yugoslavia
Alexander I Yugoslavia was the King of Yugoslavia from 1921 up until his death in 1934 and was the successor of his father, Peter I of Serbia. On the 9th October 1934, Alexander was being driven through the streets of Marseille, France alongside the French foreign minister, Louis Barthou. A gunman, later identified as Vlado Chernozemski, an experienced marksman and Bulgarian member of the IMRO, emerged from the crowd and fired his gun over 10 times. Alexander and the chauffer was killed and Barthou was fatally wounded in the arm but died later due to inadequate medical treatment. It was revealed that in 1974 Barthou was possibly mistakenly killed by a French policeman. This footage was significant for being one of the first assassinations captured on film. Although the actual moment of the shooting was not caught on film, the events leading to and the aftermath of the assassination was filmed. The perpetrator can be seen in the footage being cut down by the sword of a mounted French policeman then beaten to death by the crowd.
4. Yitzhak Rabin
On the evening of the 4th November 1995, the fifth Prime Minister of Israel and 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner for his creation of the Oslo Accords, Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by Yigal Amir. Amir was an orthodox Jew and opposed the signing of the Oslo Accords, a set of agreements that established peace between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation. On that fateful evening in Tel Aviv when a rally that Rabin had attended finished, Amir fired 3 shots at Rabin as he walked towards his car. 2 of the bullets hit Rabin whilst the other 1 merely hit one of Rabin’s bodyguards, slightly injuring him. Rabin was immediately rushed to hospital, however, he died on the operating table just 40 minutes later as a result of blood loss and a punctured lung.
3. Inejiro Asanuma
Inejiro Asanuma was a Japanese politician and leader of the Japan Socialist party. During a live televised political debate on the 12th October 1960, Asanuma was assassinated by a 17-year-old militant nationalist by the name of Otoya Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi rushed to the stage and stabbed Asanuma in the abdomen using a traditional Samurai sword, killing him. Yamaguchi was captured at the scene of the crime and kept at a juvenile detention facility. However, less than three weeks after committing the crime, Yamaguchi hanged himself from a light fixture using his bedsheets as a makeshift rope.
2. Lee Harvey Oswald
Former U.S. marine and alleged assassin of JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald was mortally wounded on November 24th 1963, just 2 days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy by Dallas nightclub owner, Jack Ruby. As police officers escorted Oswald through the underground car park of Dallas Police Headquarters, Ruby fired just one shot and the bullet penetrated Oswald’s abdomen subsequently killing him due to a haemorrhage that resulted from the wound. Oswald’s assassination was broadcasted live in front of millions of people and Oswald can be heard releasing a cry of agony as he was shot.
1. John F. Kennedy
Arguably one of the most famous and recognisable assassination attempts in history was that of John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States of America who served from January 1961 up until his death in November 1963. While travelling in an open-topped Lincoln Continental, President Kennedy was shot by a sniper in the throat followed by another shot to the side of the head seconds later. He was only 46 years old at the time and remains the youngest U.S. president to die. The killer was identified as Lee Harvey Oswald, who was later assassinated himself before he could be prosecuted as seen at number 2. There have been countless conspiracy theories relating to JFK’s death, however, that can be discussed another time.