Looking Back: 35 Years Since Reagan Assassination Attempt

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was hit by one of six shots fired by John Hinckley Jr., a 25-year-old would-be assassin who also seriously injured press secretary James Brady and Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy. Reagan was hit in the chest and was hospitalized for 12 days. Hinckley was acquitted on June 21, 1982, after a jury found him mentally unstable.

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John Hinckley Jr. is apprehended, at right, moments after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in Washington, on March 30, 1981.
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Secret Service agents push president Reagan's limousine from behind on March 30, 1981, as police and other agents wrestle with an assailant (not visible, center background) after Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt in Washington.
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A front cover of the New York Daily News from March 31, 1981, reads "REAGAN IS SHOT, Okay After Surgery; 'No Permanent Injury'" afternJohn Hinkley Jr. attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C.
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Attorney James Robinson, center, reads a statement to press from the Hinckley family on March 31, 1981 in Hiwan Hills in Evergreen, Colorado.
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Authorities place John Hinkley Jr. into a police car shortly after his attempt to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981, outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington.
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White House press secretary Jim Brady lies wounded on sidewalk after a gunman fired several shots at President Ronald Reagan and his party after he delivered a speech at a Washington hotel. Brady and Agent Timothy McCarthy were wounded in the attempt on Reagan's life.
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Police and Secret Service agents dive to protect American President Ronald Reagan amid a panicked crowd during an assassination attempt by John Hinckley Jr. outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1981.
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A RG14 pistol, like the one used to shoot President Reagan, is seen in this 1981 file photo.
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John Hinckley, the man who would later attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, stands in front of the White House in this undated photo.
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President Reagan appears with his wife Nancy Reagan inside George Washington University Hospital on April 3, 1981, four days after the assassination attempt on him. Reagan was hit by one of six shots fired by John Hinckley, who also seriously injured press secretary James Brady (just behind the car). Reagan was hit in the chest and was hospitalized for 12 days.
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The White House Staff assembled on April 7, 1981, to have this photograph made as a get well wish to be sent over to President Reagan at George Washington University Hospital.
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A chart showing where bullets hit President Ronald Reagan in a close range shooting assassination attempt on March 30, 1981 is seen in this undated photo. Reagan underwent surgery to remove a bullet from his left lung "several inches" from his heart. The bullet entered the president's chest and "ricocheted" off a rib and lodged in the lung.
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The doctors at George Washington University hospital that operated on the members of the Presidential detail that were shot on March 30, 1981 field questions at a news conference. They are (L-R) Dr. Dennis O'Leary, Drs. Joseph Giordano and Benjamin Aaron, who operated on Reagan, Dr. Arthur Kobrine who operated on Press Secretary James Brady, and Dr. Neoftos Tsangaris, who operated on Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy.
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