The assassination of Inejiro Asanuma by 17 year-old Otoya Yamaguchi, 1960.
While Asanuma spoke from the lectern at Tokyo’s Hibiya Hall, Yamaguchi rushed onstage and ran his wakizashi through Asanuma’s abdomen, killing him. Japanese television company NHK was video recording the debate for later transmission and the tape of Asanuma’s assassination was shown many times to millions of viewers.
On this day in 1865, after being shot the previous day, U.S.
President Abraham Lincoln died. Lincoln had overseen the American Civil
War since 1861, and had furthered the abolition of slavery by issuing his
Emancipation Proclamation and encouraging the passage of the Thirteenth
Amendment. Almost a week after the Confederacy’s surrender to the Union
forces at Appomattox, Confederate sympathiser John Wilkes Booth shot the
President while he was watching ‘Our American Cousin’ at Ford’s Theatre
in Washington D.C. Booth shot Lincoln in the head at point blank range,
and whilst Lincoln was taken across the street to Petersen House the
wound was clearly fatal and after a nine hour coma he died at 7.22am.
Booth was soon tracked down and killed, and Lincoln was widely mourned
in the North as a great leader, while the nation was shocked at the first presidential assassination.
Lincoln’s Vice President, Andrew Johnson, was swiftly sworn in as seventeenth
President of the United States.
“Now he belongs to the ages.” - Secretary of War Edwin Stanton after Lincoln’s death
On today in 1912 President Theodore Roosevelt was shot while giving a public speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the bullet hit his steel eyeglass case and a fifty-page copy of his speech before lodging itself in his chest. With the bullet in his chest, Roosevelt delivered his 90-minute speech.
“Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. But fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long speech, and there is a bullet—there is where the bullet went through—and it probably saved me from it going into my heart. The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor who had accused Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of orchestrating a bombing cover-up, was found dead in January. He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head, just
hours before he was set to testify in front of Congress — but Nisman didn’t own a gun.
Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, 32, was killed by live police fire in downtown Cairo during a march toward Tahrir Square to commemorate the January 25th Uprising. She was shot while literally holding a rose in her hand. She was a member of Egypt’s Socialist Popular Alliance Party. January 25, 2015
#3. Queen Victoria Powered Her Way Through a Succession of Murderous Lunatics
As the longest-reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria was an easy target to many disgruntled people. And thanks to several absurd malfunctions in her security detail, she did indeed have to deal with seven different attempts on her life, all by deranged individuals, most seemingly straight out of a goddamn circus.