7. Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Most people would assume that the Archduke should be included on any list of people who should not have been assassinated but, agreed, his murder did trigger the 1st World War but it was really just the straw that broke the camel’s back. If he had lived, would Europe still have plunged itself into the madness that killed 9 million people? Actually, probably yes. The imperialistic powers were all at loggerheads for the preceding years and it was always going to come to a head.

You may think there are some notable omissions from the list of people who shouldn’t have been assassinated but whilst their passing may have been a sad loss for the world at the time of their death would things have been different if they’d stayed around for longer? Had Abraham Lincoln reached his pinnacle? Would John Lennon have written any more songs to even come close to the genius that is Imagine? Would Michael Collins have been able to precipitate a better transition to Irish home Rule or if the assassination of Juvénal Habyarimana had failed would the Rwandan Genocide still have been the result?

Have I missed anyone who you think would have bettered the world if they’d not been assassinated?

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