It was the day after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan which left Reagan hospitalized with a bullet wound to his left lung, press secretary James S. Brady in critical condition with a bullet wound to his brain, Secret Service agent Timothy J. McCarthy with a bullet wound to his liver, and District of Columbia policeman Thomas Delahanty wounded.
Still in shock, the nation turned to Vice President George Bush for leadership while President Reagan lay in the hospital.
The news coverage shows the shock and fear and mass confusion that followed the shooting and the struggle the news media faced while trying to get accurate information.
The paper includes coverage of other major stories, including the discovery of the twenty-first murder victim in the Atlanta child murders; the end of a hostage crisis in Thailand when Indonesian troops stormed a grounded plane and rescued the hostages; the end of a threat of a general strike in Poland; and the death of Parma, Ohio, Fire Captain Richard A. Eierdam after fighting a fire at Parma High School, among many other stories of the day.
**Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper published on March 31, 1981**
**Original, not a reproduction. Has first two sections, missing last two sections, however it looks like all stories and their jumps concerning Reagan are in the first two sections**
**Printed on newsprint paper**
**Pages are yellowed, have small tears on edges, tears along fold of paper**
**Will be shipped flat**