Violent Ends of the Historically Interesting

The thing that most historically significant people have common is that they are dead. Some of them were lucky enough to live long enough to get old and die naturallly and peacefully. But a bunch of them weren’t. A bunch of them died horribly and violently. Here’s a list

– Henry II, King of France (1519-1559): jousting accident, splinter to the eye gets infected

– Aeschylus, Greek playwright (525-455 BC): mistaken by an eagle for a rock, said eagle dropped a turtle on him

– Blackbeard, Pirate (1680-1780): died in battle, shot five times and cut/stabbed twenty times

– Saint Jude, apostle and cousin of Jesus, Patron saint of lost causes (1st century): beatened to death and beheaded

– Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman general, statesman and (100-44 BC): assassinated, stabbed 23 times

– Oda Nobunaga, Feudal Japanese warlord, Unifer of central Japan (1534-1582): seppuku (Samurai honour suicide) upon being betrayed by one of his generals

– James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States (1831-1881): assassinated, shot , survived but died due to the incompetence of his doctors

– Marcus Atilius Regulus, Roman Consul (307-250 BC): captured by the Carthaginians, put in a spiked barrel and rolled down a hill

– Sasaki Kojiro, Samurai (1585-1612): killed in a duel by Miyamoto Musashi, struck on the hit with a wooden sword whittled from an oar

– Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, Confederate General (1824-1863): mistakenly shot by his own men, arm amputated, died of his injuries

– Spencer Percival, only British Prime Minister to be assassinated (1762-1812): shot in the chest by a disgruntled merchant

– Harold Godwinson, King of England for ten months (1022-1066): shot in the eye with an arrow at the Battle of Hastings

– Herod the Great, King of Epirus,(74-4 BC), King of Epirus,: claimed to a god, shortly thereafter died of a putrefying illness

– Pyrrhus of Epirus, King of Epirus, thorn in the side of the Romans (319-272 BC) : died besieging Argos, an old woman dropped a roof tile on him

– Archimedes, Greek science guy (287-212 BC): died during the siege of Syracuse, told a Roman soldiers not to disturb his circles – he didn’t listen

– Caliph Al-Musta’sim, last Abbasid Caliph (1213-1258): wrapped in a rug by Genghis Khan and trampled to death

– Eleazar Avaran, Jewish rebel, brother of Judas Maccabeus (?-162 BC): charged a war elephant and stabbed it from underneath, it fell on him

 

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~ by My Core Beliefs on July 3, 2011.

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