Former Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley will not seek re-election in the forthcoming general election. The 83-year-old founder and ex-leader of the Democratic Unionist Party is to relinquish the North Antrim seat he first won in 1970. His decision could open the way for his son, Ian Paisley Jnr, to stand as the DUP's candidate in the constituency.
Ian Richard Kyle Paisley was born 6 April 1926 - on April 7 1926 an assassination attempt against Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini failed.
The Failed Assassin was An elderly Irishwoman, Violet Gibson !
About Violet - apparently the first 'lone nut assassin' !
On 7 April 1926 Violet Gibson shot Mussolini, Italy's Fascist leader, while he sat in a car after leaving an assembly of the International Congress of Surgeons, to whom he had delivered a speech on the wonders of modern medicine. Gibson shot at Mussolini three times twice hitting him in the nose. Gibson was almost lynched on the spot by an angry mob, but police intervened and took her off for questioning. Mussolini was wounded only slightly and after his nose was bandaged he continued his parade on the Capitoline.
At the time of the assassination attempt Violet Gibson was 50 years old and did not explain her reason for trying to assassinate Mussolini. It has been theorised that Gibson was insane at the time of the attack and the idea of assassinating Mussolini was hers and that she worked alone. Gibson was later deported to Britain after being released without charge at the request of Mussolini. She spent the rest of her life in a mental asylum, St Andrew's Hospital in Northampton. She is buried in Kingsthorpe Cemetery, Northampton.