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date: 30 Jan
The Death of Mohandas K. Gandhi - 30th January 1948 -    At 5.10pm on 30th January Gandhi entered the garden of Birla House, New Delhi, to attend an evening prayer meeting. He ascended the four steps to the prayer mandap, a platform put up for the purpose. A man approached him and bent low. “You are late for prayer today,” he said. Gandhi replied...
tags:
  • 20th Century
  • Assassination
  • Biography
  • Politics
  • Religion
date: 05 Nov
5th November 1605  -  "Remember, Remember; The Fifth of November, the gunpowder, treason and plot; I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!” This was an English Folk Verse from around 1870. It is true too. It never has been forgotten. Every year bonfires are built, Guys are placed on top of them and burned, fireworks go...
tags:
  • 17th Century
  • Assassination
  • Politics
  • This week in history
date: 02 Aug
2nd August 1100  -  Accident or assassination?  “William Rufus had a red face, yellow hair, different coloured eyes, astonishing strength, though not very tall and his belly rather projecting. He had a stutter, especially when angry.   The day before the king died he dreamt that he went to heaven. The next day he went into the forest. He was...
tags:
  • 12th Century
  • Assassination
  • Kings & Queens
  • Medieval
  • This week in history
date: 28 Jun
June 28th 1914 - Sarajevo  -  “I seized the Archduke by the collar of his uniform, to stop his head from dropping forward and asked if he was in great pain. He answered me quite distinctly, ‘It’s nothing.’” These words, spoken by the dying Archduke, reported by Count Franz von Harrach, one of his bodyguards, riding on the running board of the car...
tags:
  • 20th Century
  • Assassination
  • This week in history
  • WW1
date: 11 May
11th May 1812  -  On a sunny Monday in May at 5.15pm the British Prime Minister, Spencer Perceval, walked into the lobby of the House of Commons on his way to the chamber. A man sitting quietly near the fireplace, in an overcoat, walked slowly towards him, pulled out a pistol and shot him in the chest. Staggering backwards Perceval was heard to...
tags:
  • 19th Century
  • Assassination
  • Politics
  • This week in history