"If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Easter is near, so I guess this is fit for the timing.
Grigori Rasputin: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1391270/mediaviewer/rm119035904
Died from drowning after being unsuccessfully poisoned, shot 3 times and beaten
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073660/mediaviewer/rm1596606208
Assassinated at Sarajevo, considered as the cause of World War I
James A. Garfield:
Second US president to be assassinated
Everything in your intro seems to lead to the question "which death is the most memorable?" or "which death is the most iconic or legendary?" but influential is a word that says what it says, it influenced something or someone, and if we're asking which one is the most influential, so we're talking about 'great deaths' that changed the course of history, not deaths that built a legend and made an icon out of the dead.
Marilyn Monroe's death was memorable, JFK too but is there a more devastating and influential death in movie's history than the assassination of Archduke François Ferdinand (and his wife) in 1914?
Life and death is a common thing for everyone who has ever lived. But some deaths live longer that the death itself, and some made a difference and changed the way people live right now. Some stand out, either due to the life of the person or because of the way they died. Here is the list of famous deaths that will remembered throughout history. Whose death do you think the most influential?
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In the fall of 1972, Warner Bros offered Lee 'Enter the Dragon', the first of his films to be co-produced by a major American studio. Expectations were high when filming began in Hong Kong in January 1973. But on July 20, 1973, just six days before 'Enter the Dragon' was set to be released, Bruce Lee died, suddenly and mysteriously. Perhaps in part because of that, Enter the Dragon became one of the highest-grossing films of 1973 and fueled a martial arts craze in the U.S. But how could a young man at the peak of physical fitness die so suddenly and inexplicably? That question, almost as much as his kung fu skills, has defined Bruce Lee's stardom.
Almost immediately, the rumor mill began running overtime: Hong Kong triads, a family curse, and even poisoning were all blamed for his death. That the married star had died in the house of his secret girlfriend, Betty Ting, fueled more rumors. More speculation surfaced in 1993 when Lee's actor son Brandon Lee died after being shot by a faulty prop gun on the set of The Crow.
The officials say Lee's death was caused by cerebral edema, a swelling of the brain caused by excess fluid. Although Lee's brain had swelled nearly 13 percent, the coroner found no evidence of external injury.
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The execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein took place on Saturday, 30 December 2006. Saddam was sentenced to death by hanging, after being convicted of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal for the murder of 148 Iraqi Shi'ites in the town of Dujail in 1982, in retaliation for an assassination attempt against him.
While officially released footage of the event stopped short of showing the actual execution, an amateur filmed a video using a phone camera from a staircase leading up to the gallows surface contained low-quality footage of the entire hanging. The amateur footage, unlike the official footage, included sound; witnesses could be heard taunting Saddam at the gallows. That video became the most viral video in Iraq to date.
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On November 10, 2013, Paul and his friend Roger Rodas were leaving Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan when their vehicle crashed. Rodas was behind the wheel and Walker was the passenger. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department declared both victims dead at the scene of the accident.
With all the success surrounding Furious 7, no one has forgotten Paul Walker's untimely passing. His buddy Vin Diesel has made sure of that, honoring Paul's memory in many different ways since his death.
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In an event that marked the end of the ‘60s era of peace and love for many, the world was shocked when up-and-coming actress Sharon Tate was stabbed to death while nine months pregnant. Tate was found dead in her Los Angeles home, alongside five other bodies, on August 9th, 1969.
In the ensuing weeks, it would emerge Tate had been a victim of the Manson family cult. The cult members, acting under the instructions of Charles Manson, were committing murders in order to start the apocalyptic race war Manson believed was coming.
The deaths were incredibly shocking to the general public due to the seemingly random nature of the attack and the gruesome details. Tate had been stabbed multiple times and there was an “X” cut into her stomach. The killers had written words like “Pig” and “Helter Skelter” on the walls using the blood of the victims.The tragedy led to mass paranoia in Hollywood and was one of several tragic events that led to a general disillusionment with the ‘60s counterculture.
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Mark Twain (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), or Samuel Langhorne Clemens, as he was born, was a prominent author and humorist. His two best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He also gave lectures full of satire and wit which earned acclaim and invitations to speak to all sorts of people from industrialists to royalty. Clemens made plenty of money from his works, both written and oral, and chose to invest it in ventures, most of which failed miserably. The best known of these is the Paige Compositor, which was a complicated mechanical typesetter that failed. These resulted in Clemens filing bankruptcy. However, a man of integrity, Clemens chose, once his financial troubles were overcome, to pay back in full all of his previous creditors.
Clemens made his entrance into this world less than two weeks after Halley’s Comet appeared in the sky. In 1909, he was heard to say, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'” Sure enough, at age 74, the day after Halley’s Comet returned, Clemens, exited this world via heart attack.
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Amelia Earhart (July 24, 1897 – July 2, 1937) is best known for her mysterious disappearance. One of the first female aviators, Earhart was the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic. She bought her first airplane in 1921 – a two-seater that she named “The Canary.” She piloted her first flight across the Atlantic with two men. They left Newfoundland on June 17, 1928, flew 21 hours, and successfully landed in Wales. During her career in flying, she set many records.
In 1937, Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe in flight. However, somewhere in the area of Howland Island, Earhart and her plane disappeared. This date is listed as the date of her death, even though no evidence has ever been found to confirm or deny this. One theory is that she landed at Gardner Island, and to this day, they are still examining the atoll in an attempt to discover the truth.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
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The assassination of Franz Ferdinand on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo was carried out by a 19-year-old man named Gavrilo Princip. He belonged to a group of assassins created and armed by the Black Hand. Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, were planning to go to the hospital to see some of their people who had been injured earlier in the day by a grenade. Their driver had not been informed, and the motorcade had to turn around. The line of cars paused at one point. Princip who was across the street at a cafe saw an opportunity, walked across the street, and shot Sophie in the abdomen, and Franz Ferdinand in the neck. Franz lived several more minutes, entreating his wife to live for their children, but both died before they could reach the hospital.
Franz Ferdinand (December 18, 1863 – June 28, 1914) was an Archduke of Austria and Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia. At age 11, the death of his cousin Duke Francis V resulted in Franz Ferdinand being named his heir as long as he would add “Este” to his name. This made Franz Ferdinand one of the richest men in Austria. The death of another cousin fourteen years later changed his life again – the Crown Prince Rudolf committed suicide, making Franz Ferdinand’s father the heir to the throne. Seven years later, his father, Karl Ludwig died of typhoid fever, making Franz Ferdinand the heir presumptive.
This, along with other events, led to the beginning of World War I, which commenced about a month later. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand is often pointed to as the main event that caused World War I.
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Queen Min of Korea (October 19, 1851 – October 8, 1895) who was also known as Empress Myeongseong was officially the first wife of King Gojong, who was the 26th king in Korea’s Joseon dynasty. She worked hard to block the influence of Japan in Korea, in part by forging stronger alliances with Russia. Because of this work, a group of Japanese Ronins was sent to assassinate her. These assassins were aided by the Hullyeondae Regiment, which overpowered the Royal Guards and allowed the Ronins to infiltrate the palace. They killed three women who may have been the queen, and the attack was said to have been brutal and violent. After confirming the identity of the deceased Empress, they burned her corpse and scattered the ashes.
The result of this atrocity led to a deep-seated animosity toward Japan throughout Korea, which persists even to this day.