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Terrorist Attack on Bismarck

13 July 1874
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The German chancellor Bismarck was only slightly wounded in an attempt to murder him in Bad Kissingen on 13 July 1874. The offender belonged to the Catholic political wing. The man committed his crime because of frustration with Bismarck's various measures and laws against Catholics. In 1873, for instance, Catholics were prohibited from marrying in church. Bismarck regarded his politics as a war against an internal enemy with international connections. Bismarcks Roman Catholic opponent in the House of Representatives was called "The black man himself" in the satirical magazine Kladderadatsch.