1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan
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1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan

Picture taken in front of the White House of John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Reagan in Washington on March 30, 1981, as the culmination of an effort to impress actress Jodie Foster. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and has remained under institutional psychiatric care since.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

President Reagan waves to the crowd just before the assassination attempt outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington. Reagan was hit by one of six shots fired by John Hinckley Jr., who also seriously injured Press Secretary James Brady.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

A Secret Service agent, automatic weapon drawn, yells orders after shots were fired at President Reagan on March 30, 1981, outside a Washington hotel.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

President Reagan waves, then looks up before being shoved into the presidential limousine by Secret Service agents  outside a Washington hotel on March 30, 1981.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

President Reagan is shoved into a limousine by Secret Service agents after being shot outside a Washington hotel on March 30, 1981.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

Police and Secret Service agents react during the assassination attempt on President  Reagan. Reagan was hit by one of six shots fired by John Hinckley Jr., who also seriously injured Press Secretary James Brady (just behind the car).

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

Secret Service agent Timothy J. McCarthy, Washington Police Officer Thomas K. Delehanty and White House Press Secretary James Brady lie wounded outside a Washington hotel after shots were fired at President Reagan.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

Secret Service Agent Timothy J. McCarthy is loaded into an ambulance after being wounded during an assassination attempt on President Reagan outside a Washington hotel on March 30, 1981.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

White House officials James Baker, left, Edwin Meese III and Larry Speakes arrive at George Washington University Hospital to see President Reagan after the shooting  March 30, 1981.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

The .22 caliber revolver used by John Hinckley Jr. in his March 30, 1981, assassination attempt against President Reagan, on display at Hinckley’s 1982 trial.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

John W. Hinckley Jr. holds a pistol to his head in this self-portrait obtained from court records in October 1982. The FBI released the image, which was part of the evidence used in Hinckley’s trial.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

People wait in heavy rain outside George Washington University Hospital in Washington, March 30, 1981, for word about President Reagan’s condition after he was shot.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

Vice President George H.W. Bush and the White House staff pose for a giant get well card for President Reagan, Press Secretary Jim Brady, Secret Service Agent Timothy McCarthy and District of Columbia Policeman Tom Delahanty.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

Vice President George H.W. Bush gives a thumbs-up after visiting President  Reagan in the hospital.

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1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan

President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan wave to members of the White House staff on the South Lawn in Washington on April 11, 1981, as Reagan returned to the executive mansion after 12 days in the hospital.

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