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US president narrowly survived assassination attempt by Manson Family member

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Daily Star's biggest headlines straight to your inbox!Four US presidents have been assassinated while in office.Apart from the well-known Kennedy and Lincoln assassinations, James Garfield was shot in 1881, and died from an infection caused by poor hygiene in the operating theatre, while William McKinley died of gangrene in 1901 after being shot in the abdomen.But there have been more than a dozen other attempted assassinations – including that of President Gerald Ford who was the target on two occasions just a couple of weeks apart.On September 5, 1975, Manson Family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme took a Colt M1911 pistol to the California State Capitol building, where Ford was making a speaking engagement.Ex-convict Thomas Elbert had.

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