Attacker: Giuseppe Zangara
Date: February 15, 1933

All the would-be assassins on this list came up short, but none quite so literally as Giuseppe Zangara. While watching Franklin D. Roosevelt give a speech in Miami, the mentally unstable man attempted to shoot the US President–elect. To do so, the five-foot tall gunman had to climb his elfin self onto a folding chair so he could see his target clearly.

After he fired one shot, the crowd set upon him, hitting him and knocking him off of his perch, ruining his aim as he licked off four more shots. In all, five people were struck, including Anton Cermak, the Mayor of Chicago, who was near F.D.R. and died six weeks later from his wounds.