|Sven Olof Joachim Palme (30 January 1927 – 28 February 1986) was a Swedish politician.|
Palme was the leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1969 until his assassination in 1986. He was also the Prime Minister of Sweden twice during this period, heading a Privy Council Government from 1969 to 1976 and a cabinet government from 1982 until his death. Palme's murder was the first of its kind in modern Swedish history and had a great impact across Scandinavia.
Olof Palme could often be seen without any bodyguard protection and the night of his murder was one such occasion. Walking home from a cinema with his wife Lisbet Palme on the central Stockholm street Sveavägen, close to midnight on February 28, 1986, the couple were attacked by an assassin. Palme was fatally shot in the back at close range 23:21 CET. A second shot wounded Lisbet Palme. The crime remains unsolved.