Puerto Rican terrorists turned the U.S. House of Representatives into a turkey shoot on March 1, 1954. While his colleagues dove for cover, Congressman Wingate Lucas of Fort Worth reacted in true Texas tradition by bounding up the stairs to help subdue the snipers in the gallery.

Three and a half years after an abortive attempt on the life of President Truman, the island nationalists returned to Washington on another malevolent mission. Disguised as ordinary tourists, three men and their female leader found seats in the spectator section behind the speaker’s rostrum that faced their unsuspecting targets.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions barteehaile@gmail.com or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at barteehaile.com.

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