The current year has been marked by a large number of assassination attempts on prominent figures around the world:

Jan. 16 -- Belfast: Assassination attempt on Northern Irish nationalist Bernadette Devlin McAlisky and her husband, Michael.

Jan. 21 -- Northern Ireland countryside: Sir Norman Stronge, former speaker of Northern Ireland Parliament, and his son, James, assassinated.

Feb. 17 -- Karachi: Bomb explosion near reviewing stand of Pope John Paul II, kills a Pakistani man and wounds three others.

March 30 -- Washington, D.C.: President Reagan and three others wounded in an assassination attempt.

April 16 -- Ajaccio, France: Bomb wounds eight in an airport explosion minutes after President Valery Giscard d'Estaing's plane lands.

May 7 -- Madrid: General Joaquin Valenzuela, chief military aide to King Juan Carlos is severely injured and three aides are killed in a terrorist bombing.

May 13 -- Rome: Pope John Paul II wounded in assassination attempt in St. Peter's Square.

June 13 -- London: Blanks are fired at Queen Elizabeth II.

June 29 -- Tehran: Ayatollah Mohammed Beheshti, chief justice and head of Islamic Republican Party, is killed in a bombing along with four key government ministers.

Aug. 1 -- Warsaw: Abu Daoud, a PLO leader, is injured in an assassination attempt.

Aug. 30 -- Tehran: Iranian President Mohammed Ali Rajai, Prime Minister Hojatoleslam Javad Bahonar, and Col. Houshang Datsgerdi are killed in a bombing attack.

Sept. 11 -- Tehran: Ayatollah Assadollah Madani, an aide to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, is killed by grenade attack.

Sept. 15 -- Heidelberg, West Germany: U.S. General Frederick Krosen, commander of NATO, slightly injured in assassination attempt.

Oct. 6 -- Cairo: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt is assassinated.