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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Myanmar   Cyprus   Cambodia   Sudan   Malaysia   Paraguay   Portugal   Iceland   Global   Syria   North Korea   Greece   South Korea   Austria   Yugoslavia   Iran   El Salvador   Morocco   Luxembourg   Panama   Brazil   Guatemala   Iraq   Chile   Laos   Colombia   Ecuador   Argentina   Hungary   Japan   Zambia   Ghana   India   Albania   New Zealand   Canada   Turkey   Belgium   Finland   Italy   Honduras   Peru   Germany   Ethiopia   Haiti   Afghanistan   United States   Egypt   China (Peoples Republic)   Thailand   Bolivia   Libya   Costa Rica   Saudi Arabia   Netherlands   Sweden   Pakistan   Ireland   Poland   France   Jordan   Bulgaria   Tunisia   Romania   Sri Lanka   Uruguay   Philippines   United Kingdom   Switzerland   Spain   Lebanon   Cuba   Venezuela   Liberia   Czech Republic   Nicaragua   Norway   Denmark   Dominican Republic   Mexico   Zimbabwe   Israel   Australia   Soviet Union   Indonesia

1948 -- 1967

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


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

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.


  • 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.