List of assassinations and acts of terrorism against Americans

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19th Century[edit]

  • 1890 - David Hennessy, Police Chief of New Orleans is shot, allegedly by the Mafia.

20th Century[edit]


  • 1901 -


  • 1915 - RMS Lusitania is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-20 off Ireland. 128 US nationals killed.



  • 1937 - Theodore Marriner Consul General to Syria assassinated in Beirut.



  • 1968 - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights advocate, is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4.


  • 1979 - U.S. embassy burning in Islamabad - embassy was attacked by mob because a radio report mistakenly blamed the US for the seizure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca; actions that were carried out by a radical Islamic faction Grand Mosque Seizure. Two Americans and two Pakistani members of the embassy staff were killed.
  • 1979 - Terrorist group attacked a bus of unarmed navy sailors in Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico killing two and wounded another 17.


  • 1981 - Retired General James Dozier was kidnapped by the leftist Italian Red Brigades Marxist terrorist group.
  • 1983 - October 23 - The Beirut barracks bombing. 305 people, including 241 US servicemen, are killed by 2 suicide bombers.
  • 1984 - Twenty-two people were killed (two of them American) and seventy were wounded when a van loaded with four hundred pounds of explosives exploded in front of the U.S. Embassy annex in Awkar, Lebanon. Islamic Jihad (code name of Hezbollah) claimed responsibility for the bombing in a call to the media.
  • 1985 - August 9 - The car bomb planted at Rhein-Main Air Base exploded, killing two and wounding eleven.
  • 1985 - October 7 - Achille Lauro hijacking, wheel-chair bound American killed by Palestinian militants.
  • 1985 - November 25 - A car bomb exploded outside of the Post Exchange complex in Frankfurt, Germany, wounding 34[1]
  • 1986 - April 6 - A Berlin discotheque bombing killed a Turkish woman and 2 US servicemen and injured 230 people, including more than 50 American servicemen.
  • 1987 - A car bomb exploded outside the back gate of the U.S. Embassy in Rome and mortars were fired at the compound from across the street. One passerby was injured in the attacks.
  • 1988 - April 14 - At 8 p.m., a car bomb exploded in front of the USO Club in Naples, Italy. Five people died and fifteen were injured, including four U.S. servicemen who were injured and US Navy Petty Officer Angela Santos, 21, was killed. Junzo Okudaira, a Japanese Red Army (JRA) member, was indicted in the United States on April 9, 1993 for the Naples bombing. Okudaira is also a suspect in the June 1987 car bombing and mortar attack against the U.S. Embassy in Rome.
  • 1988 - December 21 - Pan Am Flight 103, outbound from London for New York with 259 people aboard, was destroyed by a bomb on December 21, 1988 while over Lockerbie, Scotland. All aboard the aircraft were killed as were eleven persons on the ground.
  • 1988 - 1990 - Marine Col. Rich Higgins kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Hezbollah terrorists.


  • 1995 - March 8 - Killing of two US Diplomats in Pakistan.

21st Century[edit]


  • 2002 - Nine people killed by bomb blast near US embassy in Lima - seen as attempt to disrupt forthcoming visit by President George W. Bush.
  • 2002-2006 - Karachi consulate attacks: three separate attacks killed 18 people (including an American diplomat) and injured 87.
  • 2002 - Two Marines shot, one killed in Kuwait.
  • 2003 - Three American diplomats are killed by a roadside bomb targeting their convoy in Gaza. Palestine Resistance Committees, an umbrella organization has taken responsibility for the attack."[2]
  • 2009 - Thirteen people, mostly U.S. military personnel, were killed and more than 30 others wounded at Fort Hood, Texas, in a shooting rampage by disgruntled Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan, who during his trial claimed to be waging an Islamic jihad against the United States.


  • 2012 – US Embassy in Libya was attacked. The ambassador and three other Americans were killed.
  • 2012 – Sikh temple in Wisconsin was attacked by a white supremacist. Six Americans were killed, not including the perpetrator, who committed suicide.

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