(CBS NEWS) March 30, 1981: John Hinckley Jr. fires six shots at President Ronald Reagan. A bullet lodges an inch away from his heart.

Reagan is rushed into the operating room, and tells his doctors, “I hope you’re all Republicans.”

Our 40th president survived, of course, and beside his toughness, the shooting showed the American people that the “Great Communicator” also had quite a sense of humor.

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