Which U.S. president was nearly assassinated by Puerto Rican terrorists in 1950?

President Harry S Truman was nearly shot on November 1, 1950, by two Puerto Rican nationalists desperate to win independence for their homeland.

He escaped unharmed.

Just four years later, on March 1, 1954, three Puerto Rican independentistas, or independence activists, attacked the U.S. Capitol.

Two were men, Rafael Candel Miranda and Andres Cordero; one was a woman, Lolita Lebrun. The three terrorists fired guns from the gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five congressmen.

The attempted assassins were put in prison until 1979. Miranda, their leader, became a lifelong hero of the independence cause.

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