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List of people who survived assassination attempts

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A sortable list of survivors of assassination attempts, listed by decade after 1900.

Since 2010

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
2014 October 29 Yehuda Glick Chairman of Temple Mount Heritage Foundation Jerusalem Mutaz Hijazi Gunshot
2013 January 19 Ahmed Dogan Chairman of DPS Oktai Enimehmedov Pistol attack Non-lethal firearm[1][2]
2013 Jan 04 Mohammed Magariaf Head of Libyia's General National Congress Southern Libya Unknown Hotel ambush during a three-hour gun battle. Unharmed; three bodyguards injured
2012 Oct 09 Malala Yousafzai [3] Pakistani Women's rights activist Pakistan Taliban Gunshot to the head Flown to the UK; released from hospital on 3 January 2013
2011 Jun 03 Ali Abdullah Saleh [4] President of Yemen Presidential compound, Sana'a, Yemen Unknown rebel assailant(s) RPG attack Suffered severe burns and shrapnel injuries
2011 Jan 08 Gabrielle Giffords [5] United States Congresswoman from Arizona A Casas Adobes, Arizona supermarket, near Tucson Jared Lee Loughner, a disaffected constituent Gun attack in Tucson 6 dead, 19 wounded; including Giffords

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

2001 — 2010

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
2010 May 14 Stephen Timms[6] British MP Globe Library, Beckton, East London Roshonara Choudhry, student and al-Qaeda sympathiser Knife attack Lacerations to liver and stomach
2009 December 3 Moussa Dadis Camara President of Guinea Shooting
2009 Jul 31 Anvar-qori Tursunov[7] Prominent Uzbeki imam-khatib At home, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan Three assailants from the IMU Knife attack Stabbed multiple times
2009 Jun Yunus-Bek Yevkurov[8] Head of Ingushetia Nazran, Ingushetia Unknown; Chechen rebels blamed Suicide car bomb Comatose for 2 weeks; four others dead, several seriously injured
2009 Apr 30 Queen Beatrix, and the Royal Family [9] Queen of the Netherlands Apeldoorn, Netherlands Karst Tates (died in attack) Car attack by Tates Eight killed; Royal Family unharmed
2009 Apr 30 Prince Willem-Alexander[9] Son and 'heir apparent' to Queen Beatrix Apeldoorn, Netherlands Karst Tates (died in attack) Car attack Same attempt as Queen Beatrix's
2008 Feb 11 Jose Ramos-Horta[10] President of Timor-Leste His residence, in Dili, East Timor Rebel leader, Alfredo Reinado (killed), and several followers Home invasion by rebel soldiers Severely injured; treated in Australia
2008 Feb 11 Xanana Gusmão[10] Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Near Dili Rebel soldiers Roadside ambush Coordinated attack on same day as Ramos-Horta
2008 Jan 08 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom[11] President of the Maldives Hoarafushi, Maldive Islands Mohamed Murshid, a disaffected constituent Knife attack thwarted by Mohamed Jaisham Ibrahim Gayoom was unharmed; his protector, Ibrahim, was injured
2007 Oct 18 Benazir Bhutto [12] Candidate for, and ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan Usama al-Kini (Al-Qaeda) and Baitullah Mehsud (Pakistani Taliban) suspected Bomb attack on motorcade Bhutto uninjured; 139 dead; 450 injured
2007 Jul 06 Pervez Musharraf [13] President of Pakistan Asghar Mall, Rawalpindi, Pakistan Taliban Sniper attack on plane No casualties reported
2007 Jun 29 Guillaume Soro[14] Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire Unknown Rocket and rifle ambush Soro uninjured; four dead
2007 Apr 14 Onyema Ugochukwu[15] Gubernatorial candidate of Abia State, Nigeria Abia State, Nigeria Unknown Gun attack Ugochukwu unharmed; one body guard killed
2007 Feb 27 Dick Cheney[16] Vice President of the United States Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Taliban Mortar/bomb attack Cheney unharmed; 23 killed and 20 wounded
2007 Feb 26 Adil Abdul-Mahdi [17] Vice President of Iraq Baghdad, Iraq Unknown Bomb planted under chair Abdul-Mahdi had minor scratches; three ministers, seven others killed
2006 Dec 01 Gotabhaya Rajapaksa [18] Secretary of Defense for Sri Lanka and brother of the President Kollupitiya, a suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka separatist LTT elements Suicide bomber using an auto rikshaw. Rajapaksa unharmed; 2 soldiers killed
2006 Sep 18 Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed [19] President of Somalia Outside the National Parliament building, Baidoa, Somalia Islamic Courts Union blamed Suicide car bomb 11 fatalities, including at least six assailants
2006 May 30 Georgios Voulgarakis[citation needed] Greek Minister of Culture Residence Revolutionary Struggle, a designated terrorist group Remote controlled IED No one injured
2006 Mar 12 Sibghatullah Mojadeddi [20] President of the Afghani Meshrano Jirga (Senate) Kabul, Afghanistan Unknown Suicide car bomb Mojaddedi slightly injured; four pedestrians killed
2005 Sep 25 May Chidiac Television Journalist and LBC's main television anchors Beirut, Lebanon Unknown Remote controlled car bomb Amputation of her left arm and leg
2005 May 10 George W. Bush [21] President of the United States Freedom Square, Tbilisi, Georgia. Vladimir Arutyunian Grenade attack No one injured due to failed device
2005 May 10 Mikheil Saakashvili [21] President of Georgia Freedom Square, Tbilisi, Georgia. Vladimir Arutyunian Grenade attack (same incident with George W Bush)
2005 Mar 17 Anatoly Chubais [22] Russian politician and administrator of RAO UES Outside Moscow, Russia Vladimir Kvachkov arrested; acquitted IED and ambush None reported
2005 Mar 15 Ibrahim Rugova [23] President of Kosovo Pristina, Kosovo Unknown IED Rugova unhurt; one other slightly injured
2004 Sep Viktor Yushchenko [24][25] Candidate for President of the Ukraine Unknown Unknown Possible dioxin poisoning Hospitalized and developed severe chloracne
2004 Sep 01 Ahmad Chalabi [26] Iraqi politician and contender for the Presidency Latifiya, Iraq Unknown Sniper attack Two bodyguards injured
2004 Aug 21 Sheikh Hasina [27] Prime Minister of Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Ordered by Islamic Jihad leader, Mufti Abdus Salam Grenade attack. 23 killed; 200 injured.
2004 Jul 29 Shaukat Aziz [28] Prime Minister of Pakistan Fateh Jang, Attock District, Punjab, Pakistan Al-Qaeda sympathizers Suicide car bomb 10 killed.
2004 Apr 06 Murat Zyazikov [29] President of Ingushetia Nazran, Ingushetia Chechen rebels blamed Suicide car bomb attack Zyazikov slightly injured
2004 Mar 19 Chen Shui-bian [12] President of the Republic of China Tainan, Taiwan Unknown Sniper attack. Hospitalized and released.
2004 Mar 19 Annette Lu [12] Vice President of the Republic of China Tainan, Taiwan Unknown Sniper attack. Same event as Chen Shui-bian.
2003 April Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello Nigerian Commissioner for Health, Senatorial Candidate Ifo Road, Ogun State, Nigeria Unknown Car attack Iyabo uninjured; 5 killed.
2003 Dec 25 Pervez Musharraf [12][30] President of Pakistan Rawalpindi, Pakistan Ordered by Amjad Farooqi Two suicide bombers attacked. Musharraf uninjured; 16 killed.
2002 Oct 05 Bertrand Delanoë [31] Mayor of Paris, France Paris, France Anti-gay, Muslim immigrant, Azedine Berkane Knife attack. Hospitalized for two weeks.
2002 Sep 05 Hamid Karzai [32] President of Afghanistan Kandahar City, Afghanistan Lone gunman (killed) Gun attack. Karzai unharmed; at least four dead.
2002 Jul 14 Jacques Chirac [33] President of France Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France Unité Radicale member, Maxime Brunerie Rifle attack. Unharmed.
2001 Ezekiel Alebua [34] Former Solomon Islands PM, serving as premier of Guadalcanal Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands Harold Keke's Isatabu Freedom Movement Not reported. Alebua wounded.

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1991 — 2000

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
2000 Jun 15 Vuk Draskovic [35] Former deputy prime minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budva, Montenegro Forces of Milorad Ulemek and Slobodan Milošević Gun attack. Slight injuries from two bullet wounds.
2000 Mar Saeed Hajjarian [36] Iranian intellectual, prominent journalist, pro-democracy activist City Hall, Tehran Members of the Basij militia Headshot. Hajjarian comatose for 2 weeks; paralyzed for life.
1999 Dec 30 George Harrison [37] Musician, spiritual activist, former member of the Beatles Residence An insane man, Michael Abram Knife attack during an home invasion. Stabbed seven times.
1999 Dec 18 Chandrika Kumaratunga [38] President of Sri Lanka Town Hall, Colombo "Tamil Tiger" rebels Suicide bomber. She lost vision in her right eye; 20 killed.
1999 Oct 03 Vuk Draskovic [39] Former deputy prime minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ibar highway, western Serbia Serbian State Security Special Ops Force (or "Red Berets") Ibar Highway truck ambush. Four associates killed.
1998 Jun 12 Muammar Gaddafi [40] Libyan leader Dirnah, Libya Islamic militants Sniper/ambush on motorcade. Gaddafi injured; a bodyguard was killed.
1998 Feb 09 Eduard Shevardnadze [41] President of Georgia Tbilisi, Georgia Anti-government forces. Mukha-type grenade launcher attack Shevardnadze unhurt; two killed, two wounded.
1997 Sep 25 Khaled Mashal [42] Syrian leader of Hamas Amman, Jordan Agents of Mossad Poison injection. Mashal poisoned, Israel turned over the antidote.
1996 Bill Clinton President of the United States Manila, Philippines Agents of Osama bin Laden A bomb was planted under a bridge which Clinton's motorcade was scheduled to cross. Secret service officers discovered the plot in time, and the motorcade was redirected.
1996 Dec 12 Uday Hussein [43] Son and heir-apparent of Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein Baghdad, Iraq Islamic resistance fighter, Salman Sharif, and three others.[44] Roadside semi-automatic gun attack/ambush. Shot 17 times; permanent limp.
1996 Jul 17 Pavlo Lazarenko [45] Prime Minister of Ukraine Kiev, Ukraine Unknown Remote controlled car bomb. Uninjured.
1996 Feb Muammar Gaddafi [40][46] Libyan leader Outside Sirte, Libya Islamic extremists Roadside ambush. None reported.
1995 Nov 05 Jean Chretien [47] Prime Minister of Canada Residence, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada André Dallaire, a mentally deranged Canadien. Pocket knife attack during home invasion. no injuries
1995 Nov 04 Mengistu Haile Mariam Former Ethiopian Dictator Near his residence, in Harare, Zimbabwe sEritrean Solomon Haile Ghebre Michael, and his accomplice, Abraham Goletom Joseph. Gun attack. Unharmed.
1995 Jose Aznar [48] Head of the People's Party and future Prime Minister of Spain Separatist Basque members of the ETA Roadside bomb attack/ambush. Uninjured; one killed
1995 Oct 03 Kiro Gligorov [49] President of Macedonia Skopje, Macedonia Unknown Car bomb. Critically wounded; lost one eye; two dead.
1995 Aug 29 Eduard Shevardnadze [41] President of Georgia Tbilisi, Georgia Mkhedrioni rebels Car bomb Shevardnadze minor cuts.
1995 Jun 25 Hosni Mubarak [50] President of Egypt Addis Ababa; Ethiopia Sudanese Jihadists; two killed Machine gun, semi-automatic, and sniper attack. Several injured; three dead.
1994 Oct 14 Naguib Mahfouz [51] Egyptian writer and Nobel recipient Residence, Cairo, Egypt Islamic extremists knife attack. Stabbed in neck; permanent nerve damage.
1993 George H. W. Bush former President of the United States Kuwait Iraqi Intelligence Service Car bomb In response to the attack, President Bill Clinton ordered the firing of 23 cruise missiles at the Iraqi Intelligence Service headquarters in Baghdad.
1993 Oct 11 William Nygaard [52] Norwegian publisher of "The Satanic Verses" Residence, Oslo, Norway Unknown Handgun attack. Shot three times; hospitalized for months.
1993 Jul 02 Aziz Nesin [53] Atheist Turkish language translator of "The Satanic Verses" Sivas Turkey Sunni Wahhabi and Salafist extremist mob Attempted arson; severely beaten. During the Sivas massacre; 40 dead, 140 injured.
1993 Nov Atef Sedki [54] Prime Minister of Egypt Cairo, Egypt The militant Islamic Vanguards of Conquest. Car bomb Sedki unharmed; one dead, eighteen injured.
1992 Michel Elefteriades [55] Armed resistance leader in Lebanon; future founder of M.U.R. Lebanon Unknown Booby trapped car. Not reported.
1991 Mohammed Zahir Shah[56] Last monarch of Afghanistan In exile, in Italy Unknown assailant Knife attack Stabbed three times
1991 Feb 07 John Major [57] Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Downing Street, London IRA IRA Mortar attack Unhurt; three wounded

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1981 — 1990

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1990 Oct 25 Byron Barrera[58] Guatemalan journalist While riding in a car in Guatemala City, Guatemala Members of the military implicated Automatic weapons fire from passing motorcyclists wife killed; he and a friend slightly wounded
1990 Oct 12 Wolfgang Schäuble [59] German Minister of the Interior Oppenau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany A mentally ill man, Dieter Kaufmann. Gun attack. Paralyzed with severe spinal cord and facial injuries.
1990 Apr 25 Oskar Lafontaine [60] Minister-President of Saarland Cologne, West Germany A deranged woman, Adelheid Streidel. Knife attack Serious neck wound
1990 Jan 18 Motoshima Hitoshi [61] Mayor of Nagasaki, Japan Nagasaki, Japan a member of the right-wing group, Seikijuku. Gun attack. Shot in the back.
1989 Jul 14 Jani Allan [62] South African columnist Residence, Johannesburg, South Africa Orde van die Dood member, Cornelius Lottering. Bomb attack. No one injured.
1988 Nov 17 Antoine Lahad [63] Lebanese general and leader of the South Lebanon Army Residence, "Marja’uyun," in south Lebanon Souha Bechara, a communist sympathizer. Handgun attack Shot twice, left arm permanently paralyzed.
1988 Oct 20 Nikola Stedul [64] Ethnic Croatian emigree from Yugoslavia and head of the "Croatian Statehood Movement" Near residence in Edinburgh, Scotland UDBA hitman, Vinko Sindičić. Attack with silenced gun. Shot six times, permanent limp.
1987 Aug 18 Junius Richard Jayewardene [65] President of Sri Lanka Parliament Building, Colombo, Sri Lanka Unknown Grenade attack on Parliament. Two dead, sixteen injured.
1987 Aug 18 Ranasinghe Premadasa [65] Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Parliament Building, Colombo, Sri Lanka Unknown Grenade attack. Same event as Jayewardene's.
1987 Turgut Ozal [66] President of Turkey Atatürk Sports Hall, Ankara, Turkey. Kartal Demirağ under the orders of General Sabri Yirmibeşoğlu. Gun attack One bullet slightly wounded his hand.
1986 Sep 07 Augusto Pinochet [67] President of Chile Cajón del Maipo, Chile Communist FPMR elements. A Portable rocket attack (called "Operation 20th Century"). Pinochet had minor injuries; five bodyguards killed.
1988 Sep 11 Jean-Bertrand Aristide [68] Catholic Salesian Order priest, political dissident and future President of Haiti St Jean Bosco Church; Port-au-Prince, Haiti Ex-Tonton Macoute Machete and gun attack 13 dead; 77 wounded.
1985 Mar 08 Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah [69] Lebanese Grand Ayatollah and mentor to Hezbollah Beirut, Lebanon Unknown Beirut car bombing. 80 killed; 200 injured.
1984 Oct 12 Margaret Thatcher [70] British prime minister Grand Hotel, Brighton, Great Britain IRA Bomb blast Five killed.
1984 Mar 14 Gerry Adams [71] Irish Republican politician and President of Sinn Féin Belfast, Northern Ireland Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) Gun attack Seriously wounded by three bullets.
1983 Oct 19 Chun Doo-hwan [72] President of South Korea. Martyrs' Mausoleum, Rangoon, Burma Three North Korean agents Rangoon bombing attack Chun uninjured; 21 killed; 46 injured.
1982 Jun 03 Shlomo Argov [73] Israeli ambassador to the U.K. Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London ANO agents Gun assault. Shot in the head; permanently hospitalized.[74]
1982 May 12 Pope John Paul II [12][75] Catholic leader Fátima, Portugal Juan María Fernández y Krohn Bayonet attack. Slightly wounded.
1981 May 13 Pope John Paul II [12][76] Catholic leader St. Peter's Square, Vatican City Mehmet Ali Ağca, a Turkish Grey Wolves assassin. Pistol attack. Shot four times and severely wounded.
1981 Mar 30 Ronald Reagan [12][65] President of the United States Hilton Washington, Washington, D.C. A deranged man, John Hinckley. Gun attack. Three seriously injured, including Reagan.
1981 JAN 16 Bernadette and Michael McAliskey Irish socialist and republican political activists Their residence in Coalisland, County Tyrone Ulster Freedom Fighters Home invasion Both shot several times

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1971 — 1980

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1980 Apr Tariq Aziz [77] Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Baghdad, Iraq Islamic Call members. Grenade attack. Several reported killed.
1979 June 25 Alexander Haig Supreme Allied Commander Europe Mons, Belgium Rolf Clemens Wagner A land mine, placed under a bridge which Haig was known to cross daily, narrowly missed Haig's car and wounded three of his bodyguards in a following car.
1978 Apr 05 Antonio Cubillo [78] CIIM nationalist leader. Algiers, Algeria Spanish secret service members. Crippled for life.
1978 Feb Ayad Allawi [79] Iraqi exile leader and future (interim) Prime Minister of Iraq London, England Saddam Hussein's agents. Axe attack during home invasion. Seriously injured.
1978 Mar 06 Larry Flynt [80] U.S. owner of Hustler magazine Georgia, USA A white supremacist serial killer, Joseph Paul Franklin Gun attack. Paralyzed from the waist down; his lawyer was wounded.
1976 DEC 03 Bob Marley[81] Reggae musician His residence, unknown Multiple-gun attack. Slightly wounded, Marley's wife and promoter both seriously wounded
1976 Apr 20 Muammar Gaddafi [82] Libyan leader
1976 February Jean-Bédel Bokassa President of the Central African Republic
1975 Oct 06 Bernardo Leighton Former Chilean Christian Democrat vice-president in exile. Rome, Italy Leighton was seriously injured. His wife, Anita Fresno, was permanently disabled.
1975 Sep 05; 22 Gerald Ford [83] President of the United States Sacramento, California Lynette Fromme, a member of the Charles Manson family Gun attack Fire a shot though missed target
1974 Feb 17 Richard Nixon[84] President of the United States Washington, DC Samuel Byck Tried to hijack a plane to crash it into the White House, but his plans were foiled. He shot the pilot and co-pilot and eventually shot himself.
1974 August Park Chung-hee President of South Korea Gun attack Multiple shots fire. All missed him but one killed his wife.
1973 December 30 Joseph Sieff[85] Honorary vice-president of the British Zionist Federation London, England Ilich Ramírez Sánchez aka Carlos the Jackal, member of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Gun attack Assassin fired one shot before the gun jammed and the assassin fled.
1972 Dec 07 Imelda Marcos First Lady of the Philippines
1972 Sep 29 Robert McNamara Former U.S. Defense Secretary
1972 15 May George Wallace[86] U.S. presidential candidate Maryland, United States Arthur Bremer Gun attack Shot four times at close range

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1961 — 1970

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1970 April 24 Chiang Ching-kuo Vice Premier of the Republic of China New York City Peter Huang Huang shot at Chiang outside the Plaza Hotel, but was pushed out of the way by a police officer, causing him to miss.
1970 Pope Paul VI Leader of the Catholic Church Manila, Philippines Benjamin Mendoza y Amor Knife attack Assailant disarmed before stabbing
1970 Makarios III President of Cyprus
1969 Jan 22 Leonid Brezhnev General Secretary of the USSR Brezhnev assassination attempt
1968 June Andy Warhol U.S. artist Valerie Solanas Revolver Shot by a radical feminist
1968 APR 11 Rudi Dutschke[87] German student activist West Germany An anti-communist, Josef Bachmann Gun attack He became an epileptic—a seizure from which caused his drowning death in Dec. 1979
1966 Arthur Calwell Australian House of Representatives member and former Australian Labor Party leader
1963 April 10 Edwin Walker Dallas Lee Harvey Oswald Revolver
1962 Aug Charles de Gaulle President of France
1962 Feb 27 Ngo Dinh Diem President of the Republic of Vietnam presidential palace bombing
1962 Feb 27 Ngo Dinh Nhu Chief Republic of Vietnam presidential adviser and brother of Ngo Dinh Diem presidential palace bombing

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1951 — 1960

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1960 Jun 24 Rómulo Betancourt President of Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela Ordered by Dominican Republic President Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Car bomb Betancourt was badly burned by the bomb which killed his head of security, and severely injured the driver
1960 Hendrik Verwoerd Prime Minister of South Africa Assassinated in 1966.
1959, 1960; others Fidel Castro Cuban President
1958 Sept 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. New York City Izola Curry Curry stabbed King with a letter opener at a book signing.
1957 Feb 22 Ngo Dinh Diem President of the Republic of Vietnam, Assassinated in 1963.
1955 Apr 11 Zhou Enlai Chinese Premier
1954 President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser
1952 Konrad Adenauer First Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
1951 Jul 20 Prince Hussein[88] Future King of Jordan Jerusalem Gun attack Attempt killed Hussein's grandfather, King Abdullah.

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1941 — 1950

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1950 Nov 01 Harry Truman President of the United States Blair House, Washington, D.C. Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola Pistol attack Truman assassination attempt; the would-be assassins were engaged by security personnel and Truman was not injured.
1944 Jul 20 Adolf Hitler [12] German dictator Rastenburg, East Prussia, Germany (now Kętrzyn, Poland) Claus von Stauffenberg Bomb 20 July plot
1943 Jun 05 José P. Laurel Commissioner of the Interior, Philippine Executive Commission; future President of the Philippines Wack Wack Golf Course, Mandaluyong, Philippines Disputed, possibly Feliciano Lizardo Pistol attack
1943 Mar 13 and 21 Adolf Hitler [12] German dictator Henning von Tresckow, Fabian von Schlabrendorff, Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff Bomb
1942 February 24 Franz von Papen Ambassador to Turkey NKVD agents Bomb The assassin's bomb detonated prematurely, killing him and slightly wounding von Papen.
1941 May 17 Victor Emmanuel III King of Italy Tirana, Albania Vasil Laçi Pistol attack
1940 Leon Trotsky Russian communist party leader Assassinated later in the year.
1940 Adolf Hitler [12] German dictator Operation Spark; (several other attempts from 1939 to 1945).

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1931 — 1940

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1936 Feb 26 Keisuke Okada Prime Minister of Japan February 26 Incident
1936 Feb 26 Kantarō Suzuki Future Prime Minister of Japan February 26 Incident
1936 Feb 28 Viscount Makino Nobuaki Japanese statesman February 26 Incident
1936 Edward VIII British Monarch
1934 Mohandas Gandhi Indian independence leader 3 other attempts, assassinated in 1948
1933 Feb Franklin Delano Roosevelt President-elect of the United States
1933 Engelbert Dollfuss Chancellor of Austria Assassinated the following year.
1931 Jul 22 John Ernest Buttery Hotson Acting Governor of Bombay Fergusson College, Pune, India A student, Vasudeo Balwant Gogte Gunshot Uninjured; bullet was stopped by a brass button on his jacket
1931 Zog I King of Albania Reportedly survived 54 other assassination attempts

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1921 — 1930

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1929 Oct 24 Umberto II Prince of Piedmont and future King of Italy
1926 Apr 07; Sep; Oct 31 Benito Mussolini Prime Minister of Italy
1926 March Albrecht von Graefe German politician
1923 Dec 27 Hirohito Prince regent and future Emperor of Japan Toranomon Incident
1922 Jul 14 Alexandre Millerand President of France
1920 Aug Eleftherios Venizelos Greek revolutionary and statesman

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1911 — 1920

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1919 A. Mitchell Palmer United States Attorney General Led directly to the deportation of tens of thousands of innocent immigrants.
1919 Ole Hanson Mayor of Seattle, Washington
1919 Thomas W. Hardwick United States Senator
1918 Vladimir Lenin Russian communist party (Bolshevik) leader
1916 Jul 04 Thomas R. Marshall Vice President of the United States
1915 Jul 03 J. P. Morgan, Jr. American banker and philanthropist
1914 Jun 29 Grigori Rasputin counsel to the Tsaritsa of Russia
1914 Jun 28 Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie The heir-apparent of Austria and his wife Black Hand (Assassinated later that same day)
1914 March 17 John Purroy Mitchel Mayor of New York City Manhattan Michael P. Mahoney Pistol Mitchel would die in a plane crash on July 6, 1918
1912 Dec 23 Lord Hardinge, British Viceroy of India
1912 Nov 27 Edward Henry Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis of London, U.K.
1912 Oct 14 Theodore Roosevelt Former President of the United States John Flammang Schrank Pistol
1912 Jun 07 István Tisza Speaker of the House of Representatives of Hungary Budapest, Hungary Gyula Kovács Pistol 3 other attempts

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1901 — 1910

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1908 Alfred Dreyfus French Jewish military officer
1907 Apr 18 Nicholas Salmeron y Alonso Spanish statesman
1905; 1906 Alfonso XIII of Spain Spanish Monarch
1905 Émile Loubet President of France (Same attempt as on King Alfonso XIII of Spain)
1905 Jul 21 Sultan Abdul Hamid II Emperor of the Ottomans
1902 Nov 15 Leopold II King of the Belgians
1902 Victor von Wahl Governor of Vilna, Lithuania

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1851 — 1900

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1900 Wilhelm II of Germany German Emperor
1900 Apr 05 Edward VII Prince of Wales and future King of the United Kingdom Brussel-Noord railway station, Brussels Belgian anarchist, Jean-Baptiste Sipido Pistol attack while in train carriage Both shots missed; none injured.
1892 Jul 23 Henry Clay Frick[89] American industrialist His office at the Carnegie Steel Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Anarchist Alexander Berkman Pistol and knife attack Stabbed and shot
1891 May 11 Nicholas II of Russia Tsarevich and future Russian Emperor Assassinated in 1918.
1882 Mar 02 Queen Victoria [90] Queen of the United Kingdom Windsor Rail Station, London Disgruntled poet, Roderick McLean Pistol attack. Not injured.
1882 Itagaki Taisuke Japanese liberal activist
1880 Feb 05 Alexander II of Russia Russian Emperor St. Petersburg People's Will member, Stephan Khalturin (Assassinated 1881)
1879 Apr Alexander II of Russia Russian Emperor Square of the Guard, St. Petersburg Russian revolutionary, Alexander Soloviev Pistol attack 5 attempts reported from 1866 to 1880; (assassinated 1881)
1878 November 17 Umberto I of Italy King of Italy Naples Giovanni Passannante Knife attack. Assassinated in 1900.
1874 July 13 Otto von Bismarck [91] Chancellor of the German Empire Bad Kissingen, Germany Eduard Kullman Pistol attack
1873 Aug 22 Domingo Faustino Sarmiento President of Argentina A pair of anarchist brothers hired by Ricardo López Jordán Pistol attack while in his coach Wounded
1869 Jul 11 Thomas Eyre Lambert Wealthy Irish landlord Castle Lambert, near Athenry Peter Barrett, a son of an evicted tenant Pistol attack outside residence Three bullet wounds
1868 Prince Alfred Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Kent and Earl of Ulster
1866 May 7 Otto von Bismarck Minister President of Prussia Unter den Linden, Berlin Ferdinand Cohen-Blind Revolver
1866 Apr 04 Alexander II of Russia Russian Emperor St. Petersburg Russian revolutionary, Dmitry Karakozov 5 attempts reported from 1866 to 1880; (assassinated 1881)
1865 Apr 14 William H. Seward [92] U.S. Secretary of State Residence, Washington D.C. Lewis Powell under orders from John Wilkes Booth knife attack Severe stab wounds; (part of the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln).
1864 Aug Abraham Lincoln President of the United States Washington, D.C. Unknown Rifle shot See List of United States presidential assassination attempts and plots
1858 Jan 14 Napoleon III [93] Emperor of the French Streets of Paris, France Ordered by Italian rebel, Felice Orsini Hand-bomb attack. 18 dead.
1853 Feb 18 Franz Joseph I [94] Austria-Hungarian Emperor At the current site of the Votivkirche; Vienna Hungarian nationalist, János Libényi Knife attack. Wounded in the neck.

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

1801 — 1850

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1842 May 30 Queen Victoria [90] Queen of the United Kingdom near Constitution Hill, London An insane man, John Francis Pistol attack. Not injured.
1842 May 6 Lilburn Boggs [95] ex-Governor of Missouri City of Zion, Missouri Unknown Buckshot pistol Critically wounded in four places
1840 Jun 10 Queen Victoria [90] Queen of the United Kingdom Constitution Hill, London Insane subject, Edward Oxford Pistol attack. Not injured.
1835 Jul 28 King Louis-Philippe of France [96] French Monarch Along the Boulevard du Temple, Paris, France Giuseppe Marco Fieschi and two others A 24 barrel "machine infernale." King unharmed; 18 killed, several wounded.
1835 Jan 30 Andrew Jackson [97] President of the United States United States Capitol Building, Washington D.C. Unemployed English house-painter, Richard Lawrence Twin pistols (both misfired). Jackson unharmed; subdued Lawrence with his cane.
1800 Dec 24 Napoleon I [98] First Consul, past and future Emperor of the French Paris, France François-Joseph Carbon, as ordered by Breton Royalists. A "machine infernale." Napoleon unharmed; several dead or maimed.
1800 May 15 King George III [99] King of Britain and Ireland Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Westminster An insane man, James Hadfield Gun attack. George unharmed.

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.

Before 1801

Year Date Intended Victim(s) Title at the Time Location Would-be Assassin(s) Method Initial Outcome / Notes
1757 Jan 05 Louis XV of France [100] French Monarch Palace of Versailles Versailles Robert-François Damiens Knife attack Wounded
1605 Nov 05 King James I [101] King of England and Scotland House of Lords; London Guy Fawkes Black powder bomb. Gunpowder Plot
1582 Mar 18 William of Orange (also William the Silent) [102] Leader of the United Provinces during the Dutch Revolt Antwerp, Dutch Republic Juan de Jáuregui killed; and others Gun attack Severely injured; unable to speak. Assassinated 1584.
1572 Aug 22 Admiral Gaspard de Coligny Leader of the Huguenots in France On a street in Paris, France Mr. Maurevert Shot in ambush Lost a finger and shattered an elbow. (Assassinated 24 August 1572)
1272 Jun Edward I Longshanks[103] King of England Acre, Jerusalem Unnamed Muslim Knife dipped in poison Stabbed in arm; sick for months afterward
1134 Hugh II of Jaffa[104] Count of Jaffa Jerusalem A Breton knight Stabbed and beaten. Wounded; never fully recovered.
626 A.D. March – Apr Saint Edwin of Northumbria [105] King of Deira and Bernicia York, Northumbria Agents of Cwichelm of Wessex Unreported.
156-155 B.C. Ptolemy VIII of Egypt [106] Egyptian Monarch Alexandria, Egypt Ordered by Ptolemy VI Philometor, his brother Sword attack Scarred, injured
218 B.C. Qin Shi Huang [107] First Emperor of a unified China ordered by Zhang Liang (Western Han) Heavy hammer no injury reported.
227 B.C. Qin Shi Huang [107] King of Qin, and future Emperor of China Qin Qin Wuyang, Jing Ke and later, Gao Jianli; all executed Attempted knife attack. not injured.

Indicates victim of later assassination. Survivor of other significant assassination attempt(s); only most notable listed here. See main article for further information.


See also

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