US Presidential Assassination Attempts

Can you name the presidents who were the target in these assassination attempts? See 'More Info' notes.

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January 1835: Richard Lawrence fires 2 pistols at POTUS, both misfire
August 1864: an unknown sniper's bullet misses POTUS's head narrowly
April 1865: John Wilkes Booth shoots POTUS in the head
July 1881: Charles J. Guiteau hits POTUS in the shoulder and back
September 1901: Leon Czolgosz hits POTUS twice in the abdomen
October 1909: Julius Bergerson gets to within a yard of POTUS, but fails to fire his pistol
February 1933: Giuseppe Zangara shoots 5 times, misses POTUS but kills the Chicago Mayor
November 1950: two gunmen attack the Presidential residence, kill 2 Policemen but fail to hit POTUS
November 1963: Lee Harvey Oswald hits POTUS in the head
May 1972: a bomb explodes at a ceremony in Tehran, 45 mins before POTUS attends
September 1975: Lynette Fromme's gun misfires a yard away from POTUS
September 1975: Sara Jane Moore fires but misses POTUS from 15 yards
March 1981: John Hinckley Jr. shoots 6 times, injuring POTUS and 3 others
October 1994: Francisco Duran fires 29 shots at a person he believes is POTUS outside the White House
May 2005: Vladimir Arutyunian throws a grenade at POTUS - it fails to detonate
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  • These are all attempts on sitting Presidents and Presidents-elect.
  • Only actual attempts (shots fired, explosions, pistols misfiring, bombs thrown but failing to explode) are included. Plots that never materialized, bombs that were intercepted before reaching the president, gunmen caught beforehand, etc are not listed.
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Last Updated: Oct 15, 2023
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