On this date in 1975, 45 year old Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in San Francisco, CA. The attempt–which came seventeen days after Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme tried to kill the President–was foiled by a bystander named Oliver Sipple (he’s the man on the left in the photo above, reaching for the gun). Sipple, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, grabbed the gun as Moore pointed it at President Ford. The gun discharged, but the bullet missed the President.
Moore had previously been investigated by the Secret Service, but they concluded she was not a threat. Well, nobody’s perfect, not even the feds. She was arrested on an illegal weapons charge the day before the assassination attempt, but was released by the police. I guess the local cops aren’t perfect either.
Sara Jane Moore was convicted of attempted assassination and sentenced to life in prison. She was paroled on December 31, 2007 at the age of 77.
Wikipedia – Sara Jane Moore