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Attempted Assassination of Truman

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November 1st 1950. Puerto Rican pro-independence nationalist Oscar Collazo lies wounded at the base of the steps to Blair-Lee House, President Truman’s temporary residence in Washington, D.C., after a failed attempt to assassinate Truman Nov. 1, 1950. Truman was living in Blair House because the White House was undergoing the repairs. Collazo’s accomplice Griselio Torresola and a Secret Service agent were both killed in the gun fight outside the residence. The president was never in serious danger during the attack. (AP Photo/ Harvey Georges)

Collazo was sentenced to death, which was later commuted by Truman to a life sentence. He was finally pardoned by Jimmy Carter in 1979.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

June 13, 2009 at 7:48 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. Collazo immediately left for Cuba upon his commutation.


    September 23, 2010 at 11:22 pm

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