The assassination of Good King Henri

May 14, 1610 Paris, Kingdom of France King Henri IV, also known as “Henri the Good,” is assassinated François Ravaillac was a Catholic zealot and is suspected by some modern historians to have been schizophrenic. He had previously attempted to petition Henri, who had converted to Catholicism in 1593, on several occasions to exile or…

Man with connections to Al Capone gunned down as he drives

November 8, 1939 Chicago, Illinois Lawyer and racetrack operator Edward J. “Easy Eddie” O’Hare is fatally shot by unidentified men while driving O’Hare’s assassination occurred a week before mob boss Al Capone was released from Alcatraz. The two were in business together, running dog- and horse-tracks, and O’Hare had represented Capone in court in the…

Man assassinates Mayor for not giving him a job

October 28, 1893 Chicago, Illinois Eugene Patrick Prendergast assassinates Mayor Carter Henry Harrison for not giving him a job (which was apparently no uncommon at the time) Prendergast, a 23-year-old newspaper carrier, had electioneered for Mayor Harrison’s fifth term in office, a service Prendergast assumed would allow him to hold the seat of corporate counsel.…

Teddy Roosevelt shot during assassination attempt, goes on to give hour and a half long speech

October 14, 1912 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Former president Teddy Roosevelt is shot during an assassination attempt, though he finishes a 90-minute speech before seeking medical attention Roosevelt was campaigning, as he was again running for president under a new party platform: the Progressive Party. The new party was a result of a split between the Republican…