Reagan was very lucky to survive the Bush assassination attempt in 1981 Fri 5:15 am +00:00, 31 Mar 2017 posted by Tapestry In 1981 newly elected President Ronald Reagan was shot. Or was he? A little known fact: A bullet wound was never found. Fascinating details. Power transferred to Bush that day. That was the deal cut. Reagan can live as long as he gets out of the way.