Ronald Reagan Part 69G (30 yrs after assassination attempt)

 

AP

No. 8: Jordan comes of age; Fred Brown frowns

NCAA Championship game, March 29, 1982 — Dean Smith’s sixth trip to the Final Four gave him his first title, courtesy of a precocious player and a last-second gaffe. Freshman Michael Jordan (No. 23) swished a 16-foot jumper from left wing, but the Hoyas had enough time to set up a game-winner of their own. Yet Fred Brown mistook teammate Eric Floyd for UNC’s James Worthy, who dribbled out the clock on an improbable finish.

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I thought John Thompson did a good job of just taking the focus off of the late turnover.

NCAA 1982 at Superdome, N.O.

Image: Just after the shooting, gunman John Hinckley is buried under a pile of Secret Service agents

Image courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Library.

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Just after the shooting, gunman John Hinckley is buried under a pile of Secret Service agents outside the Hilton Hotel.

Network coverage of President Ronald Reagan being shot March 30, 1981. Part 8 of 11.

William Browning wrote the article “Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt Key Players” (March 26, 2011) for Yahoo News. Browning is a research librarian. Below is a portion of that article.

The assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan occurred a mere 69 days into his administration March 30, 1981. He is the only president to survive taking a bullet thanks to surgeons at George Washington University Hospital.

Many key people were involved in the shooting that day. Had the assassination attempt never happened, many of the key figures surrounding the event would not be known today.

President Ronald Reagan

Reagan finished giving a speech to the AFL-CIO at the Washington Hilton. Just before 1:45 p.m., a man brandishing a gun called out to Reagan and then fired six bullets, four of which found their marks on four separate individuals. Reagan spent nearly two weeks in the hospital recovering at George Washington University Hospital.

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Timothy McCarthy

Timothy McCarthy was the Secret Service agent who was shot in the stomach. He also survived and received as many at 50,000 get well cards during his recovery from surgery. Reagan honored him as a true American hero who took a bullet for the president. Ironically, McCarthy wasn’t supposed to be on duty that day as he and another agent flipped a coin to see who would fulfill the call for extra protection the afternoon of the shooting. McCarthy has no regrets about the decision to this day.

Dr. Benjamin Aaron

Dr. Benjamin Aaron operated on Reagan at George Washington University and was credited with saving the president’s life. After an 80 minute operation, the president recovered fully for about two weeks before being released to the White House. Aaron was the head of the hospital’s Cardiothoracic Surgery department as an expert in the field. The New York Times reports he was subject to a later lawsuit revolving around the death of terminally ill patient in 1986.

Vincent Fuller

Vincent Fuller was Hinckley’s main attorney who was able to convince jurors he was insane. The New York Times reports His argument to the jury was that no one knew the depths of Hinckley’s psychotic behavior despite being examined by a psychologist. Fuller died in 2006.

Network coverage of President Ronald Reagan being shot March 30, 1981. Part 9 of 11.

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