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Top 10 Failed Assassinations Attempts

List of Failed Assassination Attempts

If we flip through the pages of history we will get to see a long list of assassinations but few among them were fortunate enough to survive through the attempts. These notorious plans were the outcome of personal dislike, political jealousy, want of power or insanity. A failed assassination puts up all together a different scenario as the victim goes through its aftermath and can take future prevention  Follow the record of Top 10 failed assassinations to know the names that have survived such attempts in the history.

Top Ten Failed Assassinations Attempts

Scroll down the list of top ten failed assignation to have a glimpse of the names that were lucky enough to pass the destiny’s test.

1. Adolf Hitler


On 20th July, 1944 a plot was sketched to assassinate the Austrian – born German politician, Adolf Hitler inside his Wolf’s Lair field headquarters near Rastenburg, East Prussia. The plan was headed by an Army Colonel, Claus Von Stauffenberg in order to overthrow the Nazi led German government by killing Hitler with a grenade. But luckily on that day, the conference which Hitler was suppose to attend was shifted to a heavily fortified conference room resulting in failure of the plan.

2. Benazir Bhutto


Rumors were on the air of barraging Benazir Bhutto, the first female Prime Minster of any Islamic nation on her visit to Pakistan on 18th October, 2007. As she was leaving the Pakistani Airport, two explosives went off claiming 136 lives excluding Bhutto’s. Later it was reported that Al-Qaeda was responsible for the tremendous act and Benazir indirectly blamed the then President of Pakistan, Musharraf for the insecurities.

3. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin


Attempts were made to take the life of Russian Revolutionary and founder of USSR, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin by a female assassin and fellow communist named Fanya Kaplin. On August 30 1918, Fanya got off three shots on Vladimir just as he was about to step into his car after attending a speech. Though was seriously injured, he recovered soon after.  It was reported that the assassination attempt made Lenin much more popular than he was.

4. Pope John Paul II


One of the most influential leaders of the 20th century, Pope John Paul II reigned for 26 years and 168 days. On May 13 1981, the Pope got shoot by a Turkish gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca when he entered St. Peter’s Square to address an audience. He was critically injured damaging his intestine and both the arms. Later Mehmet was sentenced to life imprisonment in Italy for his notorious act.

5. Theodore Roosevelt


On October 13, 1912, Theodore Roosvelt, the 26th President of the United States was shot while delivering a speech. The crime was carried out by John F. Schrank, a saloon keeper from New York, three years after the president retired from his office. Luckily a 50-page speech folded twice and a metal glasses case in his breast pocket slowed the bullet and saved his life. Though he was admitted in the hospital the bullet was never removed.

6. Benito Mussolini


The year 1926 proved an eventful year for the National Fascist leader, Benito Mussolini as he witnessed four assassination attempts over a period of seven months. On the 7th April his nose was “wounded slightly” when he was shot by a clinically insane 50 year old Irish woman. Later in the year he survived two more shootings from Italian anarchists, while the third attempt by Michelle Schirru was caught while planning.

7. Ronald Reagan


Another name to be added on the list of top 10 failed assassinations is Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of United States. He was fired by John Hinckley when he was leaving the speech he gave to the National Conference of Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO at the Washington Hilton. Though the bullet entered his chest, puncturing the lung and lodging one inch from his heart, he fortunately survived the strike.

8. Andrew Jackson


One of the most combative American presidents ever, Andrew Jackson, survived an assassination attempt on January 30, 1835. The incident took place while he visited the U.S. Capitol to attend the intermant of a member of Congress. On his way out of the building a man named Richard Lawrence stepped out from behind a pillar and fired a flintlock pistol. Fortunately Andrew missed the wound and promptly caught hold of the shooter.

9. Gamal Nasser


In October, 1954 Gamal Nasser, the driving force behind Arab nationalism in the region and the impetus behind the country’s many wars with Israel endure an assassination attempt while delivering a live radio speech. Later this incident lead to the Arab/Israeli wars of 1956 and 1967.

10. George W. Bush


George W. Bush was strikeed by a Soviet-made RGD-5 hand grenade when he was attending a rally in Georgia. However, the grenade failed to detonate and landed 61 ft away from the podium. Arutyunian, the man behind the aggression, though managed to escape at that moment, later he was captured by Georgian Special Forces and was sentenced to life imprisonment.