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The List of Presidential Assassination Attempts Is Shockingly Longer than Anyone Thought


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This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was originally published at HNN.

In 2014 my book, Hunting the President, was published. It included previously unknown assassination attempts against American presidents from the time of FDR to President Obama. (HNN ran articles based on my research here and here.) My latest book, Hunting the President II, examines attempts to assassinate U.S. presidents from George Washington to Herbert Hoover.

My research has revealed numerous never-before-told incidents when the president’s life was put in danger, including stories of attempted stabbings, shootings and bombings. Many of the assassination plots and assassination attempts I write about have been well-chronicled. Others, however, have remained largely hidden from the public; some buried in newspaper archives and others in government reports, presidential memoirs, bodyguard memoirs, Secret…

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Article: Historical Attempts to Steal Documents


The link below is to an article that looks at six examples of attempts to steal famous documents.

For more visit:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/50503/6-people-who-tried-steal-famous-documents


Video: Early Flight Attempts



Article: Historical Attempts to Ban Coffee


The link below is to an article that looks at five attempts in history to ban coffee.

For more visit:
http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/143678


Article: Origin of “Let the Cat out of the Bag”


The link below is to an article that attempts to track down the origin of the saying, ‘let the cat out of the bag.’ What do you think the origin of the saying is? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

For more visit:
http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/133559


Today in History: 09 May 1671


England: Thomas Blood Attempts to Steal the Crown Jewels

 

 

On this day in 1671, Thomas Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels of England from the Tower of London.

 

 

For more, visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Blood

Book:
Colonel Thomas Blood – Crown-Stealer 1618-1680, by Wilbur Cortez Abbott


Today in History: 02 March 1855


Russia: Alexander II Becomes Tsar

On this day in 1855, Alexander II Nikolaevich, became the Tzar of Russia. Alexander II was born in Moscow on the 29th April 1818 and died (assassinated) in Saint Petersburg on the 13th March 1881. His reign was ended in a series of bomb blasts that assassinated the Tsar, an assassination that followed a number of failed attempts in previous years.

For more, visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_II_of_Russia


Today in History – 30 April 1492


Christopher Columbus: Receives His Commission of Exploration from Castile (Spain)

Christopher Columbus was born between the 22nd August and the 31st October 1451, in Genoa (now in Italy). Contrary to common belief Columbus did not discover America, but he did greatly increase European awareness of the New World.

The maritime career of Christopher Columbus began when he was 10 years old. In the years that followed he undertook a number of journeys on the open sea in various roles on various ships. In 1485 he began looking for an opportunity to explore and discover a western route to Asia. He presented his ideas to the king of Portugal and was ultimately frustrated after several attempts. He also tried England, Genoa, Venice and then Spain (Castile) in 1486. He was frustrated in all these attempts (England eventually agreed, but by that time Columbus was already in league with Castile), but the king and queen of Castile (Ferdinand II and Isabella I) retained his services and after many attempts he finally gained the support of Ferdinand II and Isabella I on this day in 1492.

In all, Columbus would make four voyages between Castile and America. His life would end in great disappointment, having been jailed and having the terms of his contract with Castile overturned due to various claims and convictions of abuse of power and mismanagement of the domains over which he governed in the New World. Columbus died on the 20th May 1506 in Valladolid, Crown of Castile (now in Spain).

 


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