IN THE LINE OF FIRE

September 6 in history:

The prime minister of South Africa was assassinated on September 6th, 1966, inside the chambers of Parliament at Cape Town. A parliamentary messenger fatally stabbed Hendrik Verwoerd four times. Verwoerd had survived being shot in the head six years earlier.

U.S. President William McKinley was shot on this date in 1901, while greeting guests at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. The gunman, anarchist Leon Czolgosz, thought he had killed McKinley that day, but McKinley survived until September 14th, becoming the third American president to be assassinated.

“Manson Family” member Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was in jail on this date in 1975, a day after pointing a loaded gun at President Gerald Ford in a Sacramento, California, park.

And on September 6th of 1974, Eric Clapton’s recording of “I Shot the Sheriff” was about to become the number-one song in the U.S., replacing “(You’re) Having My Baby” by Paul Anka in the top spot on the charts.

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