7 Failed Presidential Assassination Attempts Of The '60s, '70s & '80s

By Kellar Ellsworth
Left: Chaotic scene of the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr. Press Secretary James Brady (in blue suit with two men over him) was critically injured. Right: Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme. Sources: CORBIS/Corbis via Getty; IMDB

The killing of John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963 left a generation of Americans heartbroken -- but it's not the only time a president's life was in the crosshairs. In addition to the unfortunately successful attempt on Kennedy's life, there were many more attempted presidential assassinations -- on Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan -- in the latter half of the 20th century.

Some attempts are so benign that you’ve likely forgotten they happened. For instance, on October 29, 1994, a man named Francisco Duran opened fire on a group of men traversing the White House lawn, hoping to hit President Clinton. Fortunately, President Clinton was inside watching a football game at the time and no one was injured. 

The '60s, '70s, and '80s saw an astounding seven unsuccessful assassination attempts.

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