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Which assassination had the most impact on western history?

Originally published under Ask Mr. History. Published Online: April 11, 2013 
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Getting deep into subjective opinion, but what assassinations had the greatest impact on western history?  Thinking perhaps of Lincoln, McKinley, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the Romanovs or even JFK.  I'm sure there are notable others.
 
Each had an impact, via their replacement or the fall-out from the event.
 
Your thoughts, please.
 
Jeffrey Casterline

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Dear Jeffrey,
 
No question about it, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, had the greatest impact on world history. In many respects, we're still feeling its aftereffects today.

Sincerely,

 

Jon Guttman
Research Director
Weider History Group
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    Dave says:

    Surprised that Gandhi didn't make the list



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