Patty Hearst and SLA bank robbery [1974]

Patty Hearst, an American newspaper heiress and socialite, gained notoriaty when she was kidnapped in 1974 by the SLA. She is pictured here holding an M1 Carbine while robbing a Hibernia bank in San Francisco. She was arrested in 1975, and convicted of bank robbery in 1976. Her seven year term was commuted by President Carter, and she was released in 1979.

The Reagan assassination attempt [1981]

The Reagan assassination attempt occured on March 30, 1981, only 69 days into his term. He was leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in D.C., when he and three others were shot and wounded by John Hinckley, Jr. After the shooting, Reagan was thrown into the limousine and was unaware that he had been shot. He thought he had broken a rib while being thrown into the car, until he coughed up blood and realized his lung had been punctured. Reagan remained in George Washington University Hospital for 13 days.