Search Results: assassinations (21)

A Brief History On October 5, 1607 (the same year Jamestown, Virginia was founded), Pope Paul V (yes, the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church seen in the sculptural bust above) sent assassins to kill Paolo Sarpi, a Venetian lawyer, historian, and statesman.  Fortunately for Sarpi, he survived the 15 stab wounds from stilettos (the knives, not the shoes), and his attempted assassins were given refuge in Rome.  Many important people have been assassinated over History, but many other attempts have failed.  On April 30th we have an article, “10 Failed Assassinations”, and today we list another 10 notable failed…

A Brief History On April 30, 2009, during a Queen’s Day parade in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands (Holland), Queen Beatrix and her family were attacked by a man driving a Suzuki Swift.  Trying to ram the open topped bus that the royal family was riding in, the would be assassin missed the bus and crashed his car into a monument, killing 7 people plus himself.  Many times would be assassins have failed, sometimes just barely.  Some prominent people have been the target of numerous attempts on their lives.  Here we present 10 instances where the assassin failed, through their own bungling,…

A Brief History On July 28, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia, starting World War I.  When a Serbian nationalist assassinated the Archduke (heir to the throne) of the Austrian empire to protest Austro-Hungarian occupation of Serbian territory, he never could have seen the incredible consequences of the worst war in human history (until World War II).  Sometimes assassinations or attempted assassinations result in events unfolding differently than those anticipated by the assassin.  Here we list 10 such incidents, in no particular order.   Digging Deeper 10. Franz Ferdinand, 1914. As described above, all that was accomplished was the anger Austria-Hungary…

A Brief History On April 26, 1865, Union Army troopers of the US Cavalry shot the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, dead on the spot in spite of orders to take the murderer alive.  Booth is just one of many assassins that died without the benefit of being tried for their crime.  Today we list several such assassins and welcome you to nominate others to this list.  (See some of our other articles about assassinations.) Digging Deeper John Wilkes Booth, assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln (1865) Boothe was the most famous American actor of his day,…

A Brief History On March 6, 1975, entranced Americans were glued to their television sets to watch the first mass public showing of the infamous “Zapruder Film” that depicted the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.  According to US Government reports, a single gunman acting alone, Lee Harvey Oswald, used a World War II surplus Italian bolt action rifle that he bought mail order.  The 6.5×52mm caliber Carcano Model 91/38 cost Oswald only $19.95 (plus shipping) and it even included an attached riflescope!  Today we take a look at 10 guns that will live in infamy. …

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