Data Bank of Assassinations, 1948-1967 (ICPSR 5208)

Published: Jun 9, 2003

Principal Investigator(s):
Ivo Feierabend; Rosalind Feierabend; F.M. Jagger; B.A. Nesvold

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This study contains data on 409 assassination events that occurred in 84 countries in the period 1948-1967. The data cover plotted, attempted, or actual assassinations of prominent public figures, such as top government officeholders and military figures, leaders of large trade unions or religious movements, and leaders of minority groups. For each event, information is provided on the country, date, and location of occurrence, the issue involved, the identity of the assassin and of the target, such as the type of group to which the assassin belonged and the political and social position of the target, and the outcome of the event.

Feierabend, Ivo, Feierabend, Rosalind, Jagger, F.M., and Nesvold, B.A. Data Bank of Assassinations, 1948-1967. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2003-06-09.

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1948 -- 1967

Assassinations (plotted, attempted, and actual) in 84 countries in the period 1948-1967.


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1984-05-03 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

2003-06-09 SAS and SPSS data definition statements were created for this collection.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.