Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed by James Earl Ray outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The assassination sparked riots across the country.
Just a few hours after the close of the California Democratic primary, presidential hopeful Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy died a day later of his wounds.
Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was shot and killed by federal troops near Bowling Green, Virginia.
President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washingon, DC, during a performance of Our American Cousin.
Lincoln died at 7:22 a.m.; Andrew Johnson became president.
President James Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881, by Charles J. Guiteau. Garfield died two months later on September 19, 1881.
Chester A. Arthur became president upon James Garfield’s death.
Civil rights organizer and NAACP state field secretary Medgar Evers was assassinated outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi.
Radical black leader and former Nation of Islam minister Malcolm X was assassinated during a lecture in Harlem. Three Nation of Islam members were later convicted of the murder.
Charles Julius Guiteau employed the unusual defense of poetry to plead his innocence while on trial for assassinating President...