#1 President Reagan shot, what were you doing when you heard the news?03-30-2014, 05:52 AMOn March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr.
The president had just finished addressing a labor meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel and was walking with his entourage to his limousine when Hinckley, standing among a group of reporters, fired six shots at the president, hitting Reagan and three of his attendants. White House Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the head and critically wounded, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy was shot in the side, and District of Columbia policeman Thomas Delahaney was shot in the neck. After firing the shots, Hinckley was overpowered and pinned against a wall, and President Reagan, apparently unaware that he'd been shot, was shoved into his limousine by a Secret Service agent and rushed to the hospital.
03-31-2014, 12:11 PM
On vacation with 3 other couples in Puerto Vallarta. Beautiful resort (can't think of the name at the moment) ... rooms, food, service, all wonderful.
Only problem ... tv's in Spanish only!!! We knew he had been shot, but that was about all.
Prior to that fateful day, friends would laugh at me for jogging up the beach a fair distance every morning to go to a hotel that carried a newspaper printed in English. They all said , "Forget it ... you're on vacation for crying out loud!" or words to that effect.
No laughter the next morning on the 31st. however!!!
The president was shot in the left lung, and the .22 caliber bullet just missed his heart. In an impressive feat for a 70-year-old man with a collapsed lung, he walked into George Washington University Hospital under his own power. As he was treated and prepared for surgery, he was in good spirits and quipped to his wife, Nancy, ''Honey, I forgot to duck,'' and to his surgeons, "Please tell me you're Republicans." Reagan's surgery lasted two hours, and he was listed in stable and good condition afterward.
Am so glad he didn't die that terrible day. And yes, I miss him. Miss the "feel good" wonderful days of Reagan and Thatcher. The world was a different place back then.
Last edited by ABC in Georgia; 03-31-2014 at 12:22 PM.American By Choice ~ 1980
03-31-2014, 02:20 PM
Gigging or rehearsing in Germany, I forget which.U.S. Army, Retired
03-31-2014, 07:18 PM
I was really young. I think we watched it on tv at school.
03-31-2014, 10:59 PM
I was watching it on the news. I was a sophomore in HS.The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
04-01-2014, 01:53 AM
I might of been milking cows or running the tractor. Unless I was busy putting shoes on the horses. I must of been 8 years old then.
04-01-2014, 01:20 PM
I was watching tv after school. Like Jersey, I was in high school and they interrupted GH with the coverage. As we were watching ABC, I'll never forget when the newsguy (Frank Reynolds?) announced that the President was dead, then had to take it back a little while later.
OMG, now I'm like one of those old people who are always remembering where they were when JFK was assassinated!
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