Today in History: Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo Attempted to Murder President Harry S. Truman

Griselio Torresola

On this day in 1950, Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempted to murder President Harry S. Truman at the Blair House in Washington, D.C. Truman escaped unscathed.

In the autumn of 1950, the White House was being renovated and President Truman and his family were living in the nearby Blair House on Pennsylvania Avenue.

On the afternoon of November 1, Truman and his wife were upstairs when they heard a commotion—and gunshots—coming from the front steps of the house.

They never made it past the entry steps due to the quick reaction of police officers and guards.

Oscar Collazo

Collazo later revealed to police just how poorly planned the murder attempt was.

© 2012 SAT Telecommunications Ltd.

Scroll to top