20 August 1897 – Michele Angiolillo Lombardi

Michele Angiolillo

Michele Angiolillo

Italian assassin Michele Angiolillo Lombardi was executed for killing the Spanish Prime Minister at the end of the 19th century.

Angiolillo was sentenced to death for shooting Antonio Cánovas del Castillo in revenge for the PM’s harsh and swift reprisal against numerous Spanish activists. The Prime Minister’s wife ran in on the crime in Mondragón, Guipúzcoa and alerted everyone by branding him a murderer.


The Italian replied ‘Pardon, Madame. I respect you as a lady, but I regret that you were the wife of that man.’

The authorities caught up with him and wasted no time condemning him to death. He was garrotted in true Spanish style in Vergara. Angiolillo was just 26 years old.

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20 August 1901 – John Joyce

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