63 Facts About President Ronald Reagan

1. On June 3, 2009, Nancy President Ronald Reagan unveiled a statue of her late husband in the United States Capitol rotunda.

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2. President Ronald Reagan was awarded the Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed by Republican members of the Senate.

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3. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln by the Governor of Illinois in the area of Government.

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4. President Ronald Reagan never left the United States during World War II, but he kept a film reel that he obtained while he was in the service.

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5. President Ronald Reagan was the oldest president up to that time and was supported by young voters, who began an alliance that shifted many of them to the Republican party.

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6. President Ronald Reagan has become an iconic figure in the Republican Party.

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7. President Ronald Reagan was the first president to reject containment and detente and to put into practice the concept that the Soviet Union could be defeated rather than simply negotiated with, a post-Detente strategy, a conviction that was vindicated by Gennadi Gerasimov, the Foreign Ministry spokesman under Gorbachev, who said that the Strategic Defense Initiative was "very successful blackmail.

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8. President Ronald Reagan was the first US president to die in the 21st century, and his was the first state funeral in the United States since that of President Lyndon B Johnson in 1973.

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9. President Ronald Reagan died of pneumonia, complicated by Alzheimer's disease, at his home in the Bel Air district of Los Angeles, California, on the afternoon of June 5, 2004.

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10. President Ronald Reagan's told CNN's Larry King in 2001 that very few visitors were allowed to see her husband because she felt that "Ronnie would want people to remember him as he was.

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11. President Ronald Reagan was only able to recognize a few people, including his wife, Nancy.

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12. President Ronald Reagan continued publicly to speak in favor of a line-item veto; the Brady Bill; a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget; and the repeal of the 22nd Amendment, which prohibits anyone from serving more than two terms as president.

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13. President Ronald Reagan nominated conservative jurist Robert Bork to the high court in 1987.

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14. When President Ronald Reagan visited Moscow for the fourth summit in 1988, he was viewed as a celebrity by the Soviets.

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15. President Ronald Reagan said no, claiming that it was defensive only, and that he would share the secrets with the Soviets.

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16. President Ronald Reagan believed that if he could persuade the Soviets to allow for more democracy and free speech, this would lead to reform and the end of Communism.

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17. President Ronald Reagan appreciated the revolutionary change in the direction of the Soviet policy with Mikhail Gorbachev, and shifted to diplomacy, with a view to encourage the Soviet leader to pursue substantial arms agreements.

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18. President Ronald Reagan encouraged Congress to think of it as billions of new dollars spent in individual districts.

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19. President Ronald Reagan was deeply committed first to the abolition of nuclear weapons, worldwide.

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20. President Ronald Reagan opened his own investigation and appointed two Republicans and one Democrat, John Tower, Brent Scowcroft and Edmund Muskie, respectively, to investigate the scandal.

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21. President Ronald Reagan announced a War on Drugs in 1982, in response to concerns about the increasing crack epidemic.

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22. President Ronald Reagan rebounded in the second debate, and confronted questions about his age, quipping, "I will not make age an issue of this campaign.

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23. President Ronald Reagan became the first US president to open an Olympic Games.

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24. President Ronald Reagan accepted the Republican nomination in the Republican convention in Dallas, Texas.

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25. On October 25, 1983, President Ronald Reagan ordered US forces to invade Grenada where a 1979 coup d'etat had established an independent non-aligned Marxist–Leninist government.

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26. President Ronald Reagan had said that Montt was getting a "bum rap", and described him as "a man of great personal integrity.

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27. President Ronald Reagan believed that this defense shield could make nuclear war impossible.

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28. In March 1983, President Ronald Reagan introduced the Strategic Defense Initiative, a defense project that would have used ground—and space-based systems to protect the United States from attack by strategic nuclear ballistic missiles.

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29. In 1982 President Ronald Reagan tried to cut off Moscow's access to hard currency by impeding its proposed gas line to Western Europe.

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30. President Ronald Reagan signed legislation establishing a federal Martin Luther King holiday, though he did so with reservations.

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31. President Ronald Reagan reappointed Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and in 1987 he appointed monetarist Alan Greenspan to succeed him.

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32. President Ronald Reagan protected entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, but his administration attempted to purge many people with disabilities from the Social Security disability rolls.

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33. President Ronald Reagan was opposed to government intervention, and he cut the budgets of non-military programs including Medicaid, food stamps, federal education programs and the EPA.

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34. President Ronald Reagan supported returning the United States to some sort of gold standard, and successfully urged Congress to establish the US Gold Commission to study how one could be implemented.

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35. President Ronald Reagan believed that God had spared his life so that he might go on to fulfill a greater purpose.

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36. President Ronald Reagan launched his campaign by declaring "I believe in states' rights.

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37. President Ronald Reagan strongly advocated the Republican ideal of less government regulation of the economy, including that of undue federal taxation.

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38. President Ronald Reagan was involved in several high-profile conflicts with the protest movements of the era, including his public criticism of university administrators for tolerating student demonstrations at the University of California, Berkeley campus.

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39. President Ronald Reagan gained national attention in his speeches for conservative presidential contender Barry Goldwater in 1964.

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40. President Ronald Reagan often said, "I didn't leave the Democratic Party.

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41. President Ronald Reagan traveled across the country to give motivational speeches to over 200,000 GE employees.

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42. President Ronald Reagan was hired by General Electric in 1954 to host the General Electric Theater, a weekly TV drama series.

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43. President Ronald Reagan built on previous efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons.

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44. President Ronald Reagan moved to the right-wing in the 1950s, became a Republican in 1962, and emerged as a leading conservative spokesman in the Goldwater campaign of 1964.

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45. President Ronald Reagan's described their meeting by saying, "I don't know if it was exactly love at first sight, but it was pretty close.

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46. President Ronald Reagan helped her with issues regarding her name appearing on a Communist blacklist in Hollywood.

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47. President Ronald Reagan met actress Nancy Davis in 1949 after she contacted him in his capacity as president of the Screen Actors Guild.

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48. In 1938, President Ronald Reagan co-starred in the film Brother Rat with actress Jane Wyman.

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49. President Ronald Reagan earned approximately $125,000 in this role.

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50. President Ronald Reagan was hired as the host of General Electric Theater, a series of weekly dramas that became very popular.

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51. President Ronald Reagan was chosen by the membership to serve seven additional one-year terms, from 1947 to 1952 and in 1959.

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52. President Ronald Reagan was first elected to the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild in 1941, serving as an alternate member.

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53. President Ronald Reagan was recommended for promotion to major on February 2, 1945, but this recommendation was disapproved on July 17 of that year.

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54. In January 1944, President Ronald Reagan was ordered to temporary duty in New York City to participate in the opening of the Sixth War Loan Drive, which campaigned for the purchase of war bonds.

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55. President Ronald Reagan spent the first few years of his Hollywood career in the "B film" unit, where, Reagan joked, the producers "didn't want them good; they wanted them Thursday".

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56. President Ronald Reagan was a member of the football team and captain of the swim team.

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57. President Ronald Reagan developed a reputation as a "jack of all trades", excelling in campus politics, sports, and theater.

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58. President Ronald Reagan died at home on June 5, 2004.

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59. President Ronald Reagan was the first president since Dwight D Eisenhower to serve two full terms, after a succession of five prior presidents did not.

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60. President Ronald Reagan began his presidency during the decline of the Soviet Union, and the Berlin Wall fell just ten months after the end of his term.

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61. President Ronald Reagan transitioned Cold War policy from detente to rollback by escalating an arms race with the USSR while engaging in talks with Gorbachev.

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62. President Ronald Reagan graduated from Eureka College in 1932 and worked as a sports announcer on several regional radio stations.

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63. President Ronald Reagan was raised in a poor family in small towns of northern Illinois.

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