New Delhi: Assassinations of famous men and women cause political and social upheavals. In India, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots was the result of Indira Gandhi's assassination.
An assassination is a murder of an individual, who is usually a famous celebrity, politician, religious figure or royal.
Usually they are murdered because they are deemed a threat by others in authority, or because of some controversial political stand they have taken, but sometimes the rationale can be as simple as the quest for revenge or the desire by the assassin to be famous.
In any case, usually these murders are but minor footnotes in history, but occasionally they can and have had a profound impact on not only a nation, but on history itself.
Here is a list of 10 of the most famous successful assassinations in world history: