Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919) Roosevelt's speech and glasses case still with the bullet holes Newspapers report the assassination attempt

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October 14th 1912: Roosevelt shot

On this day in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was shot while making a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Roosevelt, who served as President from 1901 to 1909 was attempting to run for a third term for his Bull Moose Party. He lost the election to Democrat Woodrow Wilson. He was shot by John Schrank, a mentally disturbed saloon keeper, who claimed he was told to kill Roosevelt by the ghost of former President William McKinley. When Schrank shot Roosevelt, the bullet lodged in his chest after hitting his eyeglass case and a copy of his speech he was carrying in his jacket. Roosevelt decided to continue the speech, as he could tell from the lack of blood when he coughed that the bullet had not pierced his lung. He spoke for ninety minutes after being shot. Doctors concluded the wound was not serious and the bullet remained in Roosevelt until his death.

"I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose."

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A picture of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya on paper flowers during a rally on the anniversary of her murder, in Moscow on October 7, 2014. Politkovskaya, a critic of President Vladimir Putin, whose dogged reporting exposed high-level corruption in Russia and rights abuses in Chechnya region, was shot dead in her Moscow apartment building on October 7, 2006. (Maxim Shipenkov/EPA)