ASSASSINATIONS USA



HISTORY OF ASSASSINATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES

  • April 14, 1865,  Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States John Wilkes Booth Was shot while watching the play Our American Cousin in the presidential box at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. Lincoln died the next morning on April 15 across the street in a boarding house. Booth and accomplice David Herold hid in a barn in Virginia. Herold surrendered while troops set the barn on fire and shot and killed Booth.December 22, 1867, Cornelius S Hamilton, US Congressman from Ohio Thomas Hamilton  
  • October 22, 1868,  James M. Hinds, US Congressman from Arkansas George Clark Killed by a Ku Klux Klan member as part of intimidation of Republican carpetbaggers
  • July 2, 1881, James A. Garfield, President of the United States Charles J. Guiteau Shot by Guiteau while waiting for a train at a Washington train station. Garfield did not die until September 19, 1881.
  • April 3, 1882, Jesse James, outlaw Robert Ford Ford assassinated James at his home along with his brother Charles Ford. Both were sentenced to death by hanging however they were later pardoned in the same day by Missouri governor Thomas T. Crittenden. Charles committed suicide in 1884 and Robert Ford himself was assassinated in 1892.
  • October 15, 1890, David Hennessy, Police Chief of New Orleans
  • October 28, 1893,  Carter Harrison, Sr., Mayor of Chicago Patrick Eugene Prendergast Killed after assailant was rejected for appointment to a patronage position.
  • February 3, 1900, William Goebel, Governor of Kentucky Unknown political opponents Uncertain, but killed in the context of a disputed, fraudulent election
  • September 6, 1901, William McKinley, President of the United States Leon Czolgosz Czolgosz shot McKinley while he was shaking hands at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.  Didn’t die until September 14.
  • December 30, 1905, Frank Steunenberg, Governor of Idaho Harry Orchard Killed by a mining company informant in an attempt to cast blame on a labor union
  • July 16, 1926, Don Mellett, newspaper editor and campaigner against organized crime
  • March 6, 1933, Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago Giuseppe Zangara Disputed; suspected of striking Cermak instead of intended target President-elect Franklin Roosevelt
  • September 8, 1935, Huey Long, US Senator from Louisiana Carl Weiss Long attended the State Capital building to help pass "House Bill Number One". Long was able to help get the bill to pass. After the meeting, Carl Weiss, the son-in-law of Long's long-time opponent, Judge Benjamin Henry Pavy, confronted Long, pulled out a handgun and shot Long in the abdomen. Weiss was shot and killed by Long's bodyguards. Long died two days later. An alternative version of events, not generally accepted by historians, is that Long was hit by one of his own bodyguard’s bullets as they fired at Weiss.
  • December 9, 1935, Walter Liggett, Minnesota newspaper editor
  • January 11, 1943, Carlo Tresca, anarchist organizer
  • 1947, Bugsy Siegel
  • June 15, 1955 Curtis Chillingworth, a Florida judge
  • June 12, 1963 Medgar Evers, U.S. civil rights activist.[3] Byron De La Beckwith Evers, an African American activist and NAACP leader, was shot by De La Beckwith, a Ku Klux Klan member, who was convicted in 1994.
  • November 22, 1963 John F. Kennedy, President of the United States Lee Harvey Oswald 
  • November 24, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby Shot and killed in basement garage of Dallas Police Headquarters. First murder seen live on US television.
  • December 11, 1964 Sam Cooke, American singer, songwriter and entrepreneur Bertha Franklin Shot and killed at the age of 33 in Los Angeles, California, US.
  • February 21, 1965 Malcolm X, black Muslim leader Norman 3X Butler, Thomas 15X Johnson, Talmadge Hayer Killed in a Manhattan banquet room as he began a speech.
  • August 25, 1967 George Lincoln Rockwell, leader of the American Nazi Party John Patler, a former aide Shot in the chest as he was leaving a laundromat.
  • April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr., US civil rights activist.   James Earl Ray  Ray pleaded guilty but later recanted, while a 1999 civil trial convicted Jowers and 'unknown others', while also noting that  governmental agencies were parties' to the plot.See Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • June 5, 1968 Robert F. Kennedy, American politician, who served as a United States Senator for New York and leading Democratic presidential candidate in 1968. Sirhan Sirhan Shot after giving a speech after winning the California primary. Died 26 hours later on June 6. Sirhan was convicted on April 17, 1969, and less than a week later was sentenced to death.[20] The sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1972 after the California Supreme Court, in its decision in California v. Anderson, invalidated all pending death sentences imposed in California prior to 1972.
  • December 4, 1969 Fred Hampton, Deputy Chair of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party Shot and killed by Chicago police with alleged FBI involvement. Tensions with the Police and American Government.
  • 1970 Dan Mitrione, US adviser in Latin AmericaKidnapped and murdered by members of the Tupamaros guerrilla group.
  • 1973 Marcus Foster, School District Superintendent in Oakland, CA Killed by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army
  • June 30, 1974 Alberta Williams King, mother of Martin Luther King Jr. Marcus Chenault Killed while her husband was preaching.
  • 1975 Karen Silkwood Allegedly killed for whistleblowing on a nuclear power plant.
  • 1975 Sam Giancana, mobster
  • 1976 Anna Mae Aquash, a Mi’kaq activist from Nova Scotia, Canada who became the highest-ranking woman in the American Indian Movement Arlo Looking Cloud, John Graham Killed by members of the American Indian Movement
  • June 13, 1976, Don Bolles, investigative reporter for Arizona RepublicKilled by car bomb, Max Dunlap and James Robison convicted, alleged Mafia ties.
  • September 21, 1976, Orlando Letelier, Chilean ambassador to the United States for the administration of Chile’s democratically elected President Salvador Allende Michael Townley Killed along with his American assistant, Ronni Moffitt, by a car bomb placed by Chilean DINA agents.
  • November 18, 1978 Leo Ryan, US Congressman from California Members of the Peoples Temple See Jonestown massacre
  • November 27, 1978 Harvey Milk, San Francisco Supervisor, first openly gay elected official in the US, and gay rights activist, and George Moscone, mayor of San Francisco Dan White, former San Francisco Supervisor who opposed Milk’s advocacy See Moscone–Milk assassinations
  • December 8, 1980 John Lennon, British musician, member of The Beatles Mark David Chapman See Assassination of John Lennon
  • June 18, 1984 Alan Berg, radio talk-show hostKilled by neo-Nazis
  • October 15, 1984 Henry Liu, Taiwanese-American writerAllegedly killed by Kuomintang agents
  • 1985 Alex Odeh, Arab anti-discrimination group leaderKilled when bomb exploded in his Santa Ana, California office
  • 1986 Alejandro González Malavé, undercover policeman Killed in Bayamón
  • August 22, 1989, Huey Newton, founder of Black Panther PartyKilled by member of Black Guerrilla Army (BGA).
  • 1990 Meir David Kahane, Member of the Israeli Knesset, Founder of the JDL and the Kach Party, Zionist El Said Nosair Killed by an Arab gunman in a Manhattan hotel, El Said Nosair who was found guilty of conspiracy charges linking him to Sheik Abdul Rahman, “ The blind sheik", Al Qaeda's point man in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Kahane’s assassination was Al Qaeda's first act of terror on US soil.
  • 1991 Ioan P. Culianu, Romanian historian of religion, culture, and ideasKilled at the University of Chicago where he taught at the Divinity School Swift Hall, allegedly because of opposition to his writings.
  • 1993 David Gunn, abortion provider Michael F. Griffin Shot outside his clinic See Murder of David Gunn
  • 1994 John Britton, physician, abortion provider Paul Jennings Hill Shot at his clinic
  • March 31, 1995, Selena, American singer-songwriter Yolanda Saldivar Shot during an argument. See: Murder of Selena
  • September 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur, American rapper, actor Shot at an intersection in Las Vegas in a drive-by shooting on September 7 See: Murder of Tupac Shakur
  • September 13, 1996, Barnett Slepian, physician, abortion provider James Charles Kopp Shot in his kitchen
  • March 9, 1997, The Notorious B.I.G, American rapperShot at an intersection in Los Angeles in a drive-by shooting. See: Murder of The Notorious B.I.G.
  • July 15, 1997, Gianni Versace Andrew Cunanan Shot on his home’s front steps in Miami
  • December 8, 2004, Darrel Lance Abbott, American musician Nathan Gale Shot multiple times while performing at a nightclub in Ohio. Writings discovered in the aftermath of Abbott's murder revealed that Gale suffered from schizophrenic delusions. Gale claimed that Abbott’s band, Pantera, was reading his mind and "stealing his identity.
  • 2007, Chauncey Bailey, Oakland Tribune journalist DeVaughndre Broussard Shot on the street in Oakland…
  • February 7, 2008, Mike Swoboda, mayor of Kirkwood, Missouri Charles “Cookie” Thornton Kirkwood City Council shooting
  • 2009, George Tiller, physician Scott Roeder
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