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Assassinated, Beheaded, or Natural Causes: Do You Remember How These Famous Figures Died?
by Isadora Teich
wikimedia painting by J. Mund.

Think you know what Genghis Khan, Marilyn Monroe, Marie Antoinette, John F. Kennedy and virtually every famous figure of the past has in common? Most of them died, some even centuries ago. But for many of the most famous rulers and artists and politicians of all time, life was unpredictable, and they did not exactly die quietly in their beds.   

Some were assassinated, some died of illnesses and some died under circumstances which are controversial even today. Many people claim there are vast conspiracies surrounding the deaths of certain individuals. Some are even so far back that knowing exactly what happened is practically impossible, with second-hand accounts all we have to work with and bodies nowhere to be found.  Not even Sherlock Holmes (who isn't in here, since he's a fictional character) could figure out some of them.

The past is full of twists, turns, violence and people vying for change and power, and in the chaos of it all, some of the most famous people to have ever walked the earth found themselves on the wrong side of a gun, or even worse! If you think you have what it takes to get a handle on the macabre and tell fact from fiction and look some famous ghosts in the face, then sink your teeth into this HowStuffWorks quiz! 

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