This Day in History

Pope John Paul II Shot

Pope John Paul II was shot and critically wounded by Mehmet Ali Ağca, a Turkish gunman, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on May 13, 1981. The assassination attempt shocked the world and deeply affected the Catholic community. Pope John Paul II’s remarkable recovery and his subsequent forgiveness of his assailant were widely admired […]

The Passing of Bob Marley

Reggae superstar Bob Marley passed away on May 11, 1981, at the age of 36, after battling cancer. Marley’s death marked the end of a brief but impactful career that saw him rise from the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, to international stardom. His music, imbued with messages of peace, love, and resistance against oppression, left […]

President Ronald Reagan Shot

President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded by would-be assassin John Hinckley Jr. outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., sparking a national crisis and raising concerns about the safety of political leaders. Despite sustaining serious injuries, Reagan’s calm demeanor and quick recovery reassured the nation and reaffirmed his resilience as a leader during […]

Anwar el-Sadat is Assassinated

Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat is assassinated in Cairo by Islamic fundamentalists. He is succeeded by Vice President Hosni Mubarak.