Reagan Shot – 36 Years Ago Today


It was a day I shall never forget. I was a junior in college when I got the call. “The President has just been shot.” I raced across Houston to my mom’s house, where we followed the news together.

On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan in the chest as he left a Washington hotel. The attempted assassination occurred just 69 days into his presidency. While leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., President Reagan and three others were shot and wounded. The most seriously wounded victim, James Brady, died decades later of complications related to his injuries. Brady’s death was subsequently ruled a homicide.

That fateful day in 1981 reminds us that life is short and can be taken at any second. What’s the lesson? Live every day as if it might be your last – because, one day it will be.


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