Archive for March, 1981

March 30, 1981

On this day in 1981, President Reagan was shot, only 69 days into the new administration. He–along with press secretary James Brady, Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty, and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy–was struck when¬†would-be assassin, John Hinckley Jr., opened fire¬†outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. Secret Service agent Jerry Par’s quick reflexes ultimately saved theRead more..

March 1, 1981

On this day in 1981, Bobby Sands began his hunger strike at Long Kesh prison, in protest of his and other IRA members’ loss of Special Category Status within the prison. The SCS granted prisoner of war status to people convicted of Troubles-related offenses. It’s loss meant imprisoned Irish Republicans would be considered criminals, andRead more..