National Geographic

Reagan: The Assassination Attempt

Television had a front row seat on March 30, 1981 when 25-year-old college dropout John Hinckley Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan. NGC takes a look at both the eyewitness accounts and the remarkable video of the assassination attempt, taken by three different network cameramen. See how key members of the Reagan administration gathered in the top-secret situation room as they managed the emergency. Discover why this situation lifted President Regan to new heights of public approval.