August 22nd, 2006

10-K, 10-B

Ten random things: August 22

Ten would-be assassins:

  1. Jing Ke (tried to stab Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang with a poisoned dagger, circa 215 B.C.E.)
  2. Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry (fired upon French President Charles De Gaulle's car with a machine gun, 1962)
  3. Mehmet Ali Ağca (shot and wounded Pope John Paul II, 1981)
  4. Vladimir Arutinian (threw a grenade at U.S. President George W. Bush, 2005)
  5. Gustave Bouvet (shot at French President Alexandre Millerand, 1922)
  6. Oscar Collazo (broke into Blair House with the intention of shooting U.S. President Harry Truman, 1950)
  7. Richard Lawrence (attempted to shoot U.S. President Andrew Jackson, 1835)
  8. Sarah Jane Moore (tried to shoot U.S. President Gerald Ford, 1975)
  9. Felice Orsini (tossed three bombs at a carriage in which emperor of France Napoleon III was riding, 1858)
  10. Miles Sindercombe (leader of a group that made multiple attempts on the life of Oliver Cromwell, 1657)
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