Today marks the 30th anniversary of the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.
On March 30th 1981, Reagan, code-named ”Rawhide" had just delivered a lunch-time speech at the Washington Hilton Hotel. While exiting the hotel, the President was fired upon by John Hinckley, Jr. and suffered a gunshot wound.
Earlier today, Presidential Historian Richard Norton Smith and viewer calls discussed the assassination attempt and how it changed the Reagan presidency and the presidency itself.
Last week, the Newseum observed the event by bringing together two of the men involved in saving President Reagan's life, Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr and George Washington University Hospital surgeon Dr. Joseph Giordano.
Award-winning reporter for The Washington Post and author of the new book titled “Rawhide Down,” Del Quentin Wilber, also joined the discussion as they recounted the minute by minute details of the assassination attempt 30 years ago.