Thursday, April 15

Violet Gibson, the Irishwoman who shot Benito Mussolini

  • Michael Shiels McNamee
  • BBC News



The bullet that Violet Gibson fired scraped the nose of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in April 1926.

On April 7, 1926, an Irish woman broke away from a crowd in Rome and shot one of the most infamous de facto rulers of the 20th century.

A bullet grazed Benito Mussolini’s nose, and the Italian leader survived the assassination attempt.

This was one of many acts of individual bravery against fascism in Europe in the 20th century, but Violet Gibson, who carried it out, has been forgotten by history.

Of the four people who tried to assassinate Il Duce, she was the one who was closest.

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