Twenty Years Ago Today: Worst Assassination Attempt Ever

David Kang in 1994. he looks a lot less grainy these days. Twenty years ago today, a student by the name of David Kang took out a starting pistol, aimed it at Prince Charles and pulled the trigger. While blank rounds can be surprisingly dangerous, he wasn't close enough to do even the slightest bit of damage, and was quickly bundled to the ground by every security and police officer within earshot.

Kang later claimed that he was protesting the detention of Cambodian refugees in Australia, having previously written letters to many different people (including the Prince) and gotten little more than short shrift in return. He was found to be suffering from depression and sentenced to 500 hours of community service. Later on, he became a barrister, got married, fathered two children and generally became an upstanding citizen (Australian justice seems to have scored a win on this one).

Luckily for historians of the future (us!), the whole event was captured by the news cameras...

The best part? Charles' expression as he glances over at the gunman running towards him. Apparently you get used to this kind of thing when you're the heir to the throne...