Monday, October 15, 2012

October 14, 1912


Theodore Roosevelt was shot in the chest at close-range by saloonkeeper John Schrank while campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The bullet became lodged in his chest only after penetrating his steel eyeglass case and passing through the 50-page folded copy of the speech he was carrying in his jacket.  Instead of immediately going to the hospital, he delivered his scheduled speech with blood seeping into his shirt, speaking for 90 minutes total.    
Roosevelt carried the bullet in his chest for the remainder of his life.

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