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calendar   Friday - March 30, 2007

On This Day In History

I don’t mean to alarm anyone or get the Bush-haters all excited but there seems to be something about Presidents and past history that everyone is overlooking ....

The term Curse of Tippecanoe (also known as the presidential curse, zero-year curse, the twenty-year curse, or Tecumseh’s curse) is sometimes used to describe the pattern where, from 1840 to 1960, every United States President elected (or reelected) every twentieth year (which always ends in zero (i.e., ‘00, ‘20, ‘40, ‘60, ‘80)) has died in office. The only president to die in office outside of this pattern was Zachary Taylor who was elected in 1848 and died of cholera in 1850, notably a year also ending in zero. The curse apparently was broken by Ronald Reagan, who was first elected in 1980 and survived his presidency, despite having been shot in the chest during an assassination attempt 69 days into his presidency. The next president in the line is the current president, George W. Bush, who was first elected in 2000.

-- Wikipedia, “Curse Of Tippecanoe”

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Washington, March 30, 1981 (NY TIMES) - President Reagan was shot in the chest today by a gunman, apparently acting alone, as Mr. Reagan walked to his limousine after addressing a labor meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The White House press secretary and two law-enforcement officers were also wounded by a burst of shots.

The President was reported in ‘’good’’ and ‘’stable’’ condition tonight at George Washington University Hospital after undergoing two hours of surgery. ‘’The prognosis is excellent,’’ said Dr. Dennis S. O’Leary, dean of clinical affairs at the university. ‘’He is alert and should be able to make decisions by tomorrow.’’

The hospital spokesman said surgeons removed a .22-caliber bullet that struck Mr. Reagan’s seventh rib, penetrating the left lung three inches and collapsing it.

A rapid series of five or six shots rang out at about 2:30 P.M. as Mr. Reagan left the hotel. A look of stunned disbelief swept across the President’s face when the shots were fired just after he raised his left arm to wave to the crowd. Nearby, his press secretary, James S. Brady, fell to the sidewalk, critically wounded.

Eyewitnesses said six shots were fired at the Presidential entourage from a distance of about 10 feet. The assailant had positioned himself among the television camera crews and reporters assembled outside a hotel exit.

The authorities arrested a 25-year-old Colorado man, John W. Hinckley Jr., at the scene of the attack. He was later booked on Federal charges of attempting to assassinate the President and assault on a Federal officer.

Within minutes, Americans were witnessing for the second time in a generation television pictures of a chief executive being struck by gunfire during what appeared to be a routine public appearance. For the second time in less than 20 years, too, they watched as the nation’s leaders scrambled to meet one of the sternest tests of the democratic system.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 03/30/2007 at 01:32 PM   
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