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On This Day… Ronald Reagan Was Shot

Written by: George Chittenden : 09 Jul 2019

It was on this day, 30th March, back in 1981 when Ronald Reagan was shot. The President of America had been speaking at a lunch event at the Washington Hilton Hotel, and was leaving when the gunman opened fire. Unfortunately for Reagan he wasn’t wearing a bullet-proof vest, and a single bullet broke a rib, punctured a lung, and caused serious internal bleeding.

Three others were injured in the attempted assassination, White House Press Secretary James Brady and Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy, and police officer Thomas Delahanty. The man who pulled the trigger was John Hinckley Jr. On March 28th he’d arrived in Washington and noticed Reagan's schedule published in The Washington Star. Hinckley was suffering from mental health issues and decided to kill Reagan to impress the actress Jodie Foster.

a moment before the shooting

a moment before the shooting

Hinckley became obsessed with Jodie Foster after watching her in the 1976 film Taxi Driver. At trial he was found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of attempting to assassinate the President and was confined to a psychiatric facility.

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