25 Assassination Attempts On US Presidents You Might Not Know About

Being the president is a dangerous job and assassination attempts on U.S. presidents are not uncommon. Presidents assassinated while in office include Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, and John F. Kennedy. But did you know that presidents like Bill Clinton, Gorge W. Bush, and even Barrack Obama have faced assassination attempts as well? Take a look at these 25 Assassination Attempts On US Presidents You Might Not Know About.

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Herbert Hoover (1928)

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While on tour in Argentina, Hoover escaped an assassination attempt by Argentinian anarchists who tried to blow up his railroad car. The would-be assassin, Severino Di Giovanni, was arrested before he could plant the explosives.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933)

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On February 15 in Miami, Florida, Giuseppe Zangara shot five times in the direction of Roosevelt. While the president-elect escaped unharmed four people were wounded and the mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak, was killed. Zangara was executed shortly thereafter.

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Harry S. Truman (1947)

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Just before the independence of Israel, a militant Zionist group known as the Stern Gang sent several explosive letters to the White House. They were intercepted, however, before reaching the president.

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Harry S. Truman (1951)

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On November 1, two Puerto Rican activists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, attempted to kill Truman at his temporary home, the Blair House (the White House was being renovated). After a shootout with police, Torresola was killed and Collazo was seriously wounded. Although Collazo was sentenced to death, Truman commuted his sentence to life in prison.

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John F. Kennedy (1960)

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While vacationing in Palm Beach, Florida on December 11, Richard Pavlick, a retired postal worker had the intention of smashing his dynamite packed car into Kennedy’s vehicle. He delayed the attempt, however, after seeing Kennedy’s wife and daughter bid him farewell. He was then arrested before he had the opportunity to try a second assassination attempt.

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