20 Last-Gasp Decisions That Completely Altered The Course Of World History

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An incredible stroke of good fortune saved the great man. A would-be assassin called John Schrank sprang from the crowd and shot Roosevelt in the chest. But just before his speech, the former president had decided to stuff a 50-page text and his steel eyeglass case into the inside pocket of his jacket. The power of the bullet was sufficiently dissipated to allow Roosevelt to survive. Nevertheless, the bullet entered his chest. True to form, though, Roosevelt continued his speech for another 90 minutes, only seeking medical attention when he’d finished.

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17. Deadly laundry run

Buddy Holly was a huge star in his time, and his music lives on today. With his bespectacled, geeky good looks, the master songsmith wrote some of the best known and influential popular songs of the 20th century. Just think of titles such as “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue” or “Maybe Baby.” And the guy only made three albums.

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