ATTN WRITERS: Please refer to this Script Outline below for the format of your "History Repeats Itself: Botched Assassinations" Script contributions.
NOTE: The introduction to each assassination will begin with the year of the incident (as indicated by the quoted text in each section below.) Please refer to each of the hyperlinks beside each assassination attempt for historical information to base your Scripts off of.
NARRATOR: "HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. Do you know how often people attempt to assassinate world leaders? It’s been happening on an almost fortnightly basis for centuries.”
KING LUIS OF FRANCE (10 - 20 seconds) - http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1639437
- “In 1835…”
ANDREW JACKSON (10 - 20 seconds) - http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1639316
- “Also in 1835…”
TEDDY ROOSEVELT (10 - 20 seconds) - http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1639316
- “In 1912…”
PRINCE CHARLES (10 - 20 seconds) - http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1639307
- “In 1994…”
NARRATOR: "THE END."
NOTE: Please refer to Day Glo's History Repeats Itself: Season 1 Final Script HERE.
It’s the year 1835 on the Boulevard du Temple, Paris. There’s a cloud of smoke above the crowded street. It’s the day of a parade, a grand military review and anywhere from twenty to forty-two people now lay injured on the ground. Ten have died and eight more will die but the cause of all this bloodshed, the “infernal machine,” didn’t succeed in killing its true targets, King Louis-Philippe of and his sons.
The infernal machine was a "super gun" contraption constructed by Giuseppe Fieschi along with his accomplices Theodore Pepin and Pierre Morey both members of the Society of the Rights of Man. The machine itself consisted of twenty-five rifles (filled with grape shot, buck shot, and slugs) mounted in parallel on a wooden chasse that were all rigged to fire simultaneously. The device was then positioned in the window of a rented room overlooking the parade. Fieschi simply fired upon the king once he came into range.
Fieschi and his creation caused eighteen deaths and forty-two injuries. The arrangement of guns and bullets covered a spread of twenty-five feet. But amazingly enough the king’s forehead was merely grazed and the princes weren’t hit. In a twist of cosmic justice the machine succeeded in not just harming others but also gravely injuring Fieschi due to four of his guns misfiring (which potentially caused a minor explosion.) The telltale cloud of smoke immediately gave his position away and due to his injuries Fieschi was easily apprehended. Some accounts say that Fieschi was judiciously cared for and nursed back to health by the king’s orders in order for him for face justice (aka the guillotine) after his trial. In the end Fieschi, Morey, and Pepin all were sentenced to the guillotine.
Fieschi's true motives for the assassination attempt remain unclear. Morey and Pepin were clear Republicans but some accounts say that Fieschi wasn't politically motivated while others label him as an anarchist.
Interestingly enough this is not the first time the phrase "infernal machine" or "la machine infernale" has been attached to an assassination. The same phrase was used to describe a bomb-like device used in an assassination attempt against Napoleon. But the name supposedly goes as far back as 1585 when an Italian engineer created an explosive involving a rifle during the Siege of Antwerp. Some credit Fieschi’s design as one of the predecessors of the modern machine gun. It may have also inspired the WWII Soviet rocket launcher, Katyusha.
Andrew Jackson- Jan 30 1835
This was the first attempt at a presidential assassination. The unemployed house painter Richard Lawrence ran up to the 65 year old president outside of the Capitol Building. Lawrence shot but the gun misfired, giving Jackson the opportunity to repeatedly club his attacker with a cane. Like I said before, don’t eff with Andrew Jackson.
Theodore Roosevelt- Oct 19 1912
Arguably the manliest president of all time, Teddy was campaigning in Milwaukee when a saloon keeper, John Schrank, shot a .32 caliber bullet towards Roosevelt’s heart. Luckily the president had a glasses case and the manuscript of his speech in his coat pocket, which slowed the bullet enough to make little impact. Schrank was arrested, and Roosevelt went on to give a campaign speech before removing the bullet.
FDR- Feb 15 1933
After giving a speech in Miami a brick layer named Giuseppe Zangara shot at the president from the back of his car. He shot six rounds all of which missed FDR, but still caused wounds to other people in the car, including the mayor of Chicago who had a mortal stomach injury. When the citizens around saw this they tackled the man to the ground and would have beaten him to death if Roosevelt had not intervened, pleading with them to let the man face justice by the authorities.
Ronald Regan- Mar 30 1981
A man named John Hinckley decided that if he assassinated the president, the actress Jodie Foster would fall in love with him. The day after Regan went to see the Fords Theater (the place where Lincoln was shot) Hinckley was ready. He fired six bullets, the first hitting the white house press secretary, the second and fourth bullets hit a police officer and secret service agent who were protecting the president. A man named James Parr shoved the president into a limo just as a sixth shot was fired. It hit Regan in the side after ricocheting off the side of the vehicle. The push saved the president from that shot hitting him in the head. Some nearby citizens tackled Hinckley to the ground and he was arrested. The secret service rushed Regan to a hospital, and although they requested a stretcher, Regan walked into the ER unassisted.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Lawrence_(failed_assassin) http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/andrew-jackson-narrowly-escapes-assassination http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/theodore-roosevelt-shot-in-milwaukee http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Zangara http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fdr-escapes-assassination-in-miami http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attempted_assassination_of_Ronald_Reagan
Prince Charles of England was the intended victim of a botched assissination in 1994. In Austraila, Charles was about to start an awards-ceremony when David Kang leapt from the crowd and fired two shots at the Prince before he was subdued. The problem, other than aim, was that Kang fired his shots from a starting pistol, commonly used to signal the start of a race. Starting pistols fire blanks; he couldn't have hurt Prince Charles that way, let alone killed him.
There's video of the attempt here:
Also a video of comedian Eddie Izzard discussing the attempt (starts at 0:11-1:15):
History Repeats Itself.
Do you know how often people predict the end of the world? It's been happening on an almost fortnightly basis for centuries.
In 1666, there was an exodus as people fled the Great Plague of London.
Just as the epidemic began to abate, the Great Fire destroyed half the city.
Panic was fueled by the numbering of the year. 666 has long been regarded as the biblical number of the beast.
Even Isaac Newton hated the number, which is why we're told that there are seven colors in the rainbow when it's pretty clear that there are only six.
It's called purple Isaac, deal with it.
In 1910, Halley's Comet passed over.
Astronomers identified a dangerous chemical in its trial, leading some scaremongers to worry about the threat of being poisoned by the comet.
Others tried – and succeeded – to make money off the public hysteria, selling anti-comet paraphernalia to vulnerable idiots.
Gas masks, getcha gas masks!
In 1999, a computing error threatened to cause a catastrophic global failure of technology, known as Y2K.
So systems were reprogrammed. That didn't stop plenty of survivalists preparing for the doom coming at midnight of January 1st, 2000.
When we finally reached New Year's Eve and welcomed in the millennium, there were thousands of explosions across the world.
Just not the ones the survivalists were expecting.
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