60 Facts About Ronald Reagan

1. Ronald Reagan was giving a speech in West Berlin during the city's 750th anniversary, when one of the thousands of red, white and blue balloons suddenly popped.

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2. Ronald Reagan bought the 305-acre ranch in the Malibu Hills as a place to raise.

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3. Ronald Reagan had just won a second term as president in an historic, landslide manner.

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4. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared that it was morning again in America but Trump seems hellbent on an American midnight.

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

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6. In 2006, Ronald Reagan was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum.

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

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8. Ronald Reagan was named an honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

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9. In 1981, 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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10. Ronald Reagan received a number of awards in his pre—and post-presidential years.

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11. Ronald Reagan never left the United States during the war, but he kept a film reel that he obtained while he was in the service.

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12. Ronald Reagan earned the nickname "the Teflon President", in that public perceptions of him were not tarnished by the controversies that arose during his administration.

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

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14. At the time of his death, Ronald Reagan was the longest-lived president in US history, having lived 93 years and 120 days.

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15. 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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16. Ronald Reagan suffered a fall at his Bel Air home on January 13, 2001, resulting in a broken hip.

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17. In August 1994, at the age of 83, Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, an incurable neurological disorder which destroys brain cells and ultimately causes death.

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

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

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20. 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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21. 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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22. Ronald Reagan reassured Congressman: think of it as billions of new dollars spent in your district.

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

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24. Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986.

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25. In a September 1985 press conference Ronald Reagan said: "this is a top priority with us.

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26. First Lady Nancy Ronald Reagan made the War on Drugs her main priority by founding the "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign, which aimed to discourage children and teenagers from engaging in recreational drug use by offering various ways of saying "no.

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

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28. On the night of the disaster, Ronald Reagan delivered a speech, written by Peggy Noonan, in which he said:.

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29. Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president for the second time on January 20, 1985, in a private ceremony at the White House.

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30. On October 25, 1983, 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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31. With the approval of Congress, Ronald Reagan sent forces to Lebanon in 1983 to reduce the threat of the Lebanese Civil War.

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32. 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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33. Ronald Reagan believed that this defense shield could make nuclear war impossible.

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34. In March 1983, 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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35. In 1982 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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36. Ronald Reagan described the new debt as the "greatest disappointment" of his presidency.

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

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39. In 1981, Ronald Reagan became the first president to propose a constitutional amendment on school prayer.

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40. Ronald Reagan was 69 years old when he sworn into office for his first term on January 20, 1981.

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

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42. Ronald Reagan won North Carolina, Texas, and California, but the strategy failed, as he ended up losing New Hampshire, Florida, and his native Illinois.

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43. In 1976, Ronald Reagan challenged incumbent President Gerald Ford in a bid to become the Republican Party's candidate for president.

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

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

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

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48. In a letter to the American people in 1994, Ronald Reagan wrote "I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

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49. 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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50. In his final work as a professional actor, Ronald Reagan was a host and performer from 1964 to 1965 on the television series Death Valley Days.

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51. Ronald Reagan led the SAG through eventful years that were marked by labor-management disputes, the Taft–Hartley Act, the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings and the Hollywood blacklist era.

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52. 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. In January 1944, 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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54. Ronald Reagan attended Dixon High School, where he developed interests in acting, sports, and storytelling.

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55. 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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56. Soon after taking office, Ronald Reagan began implementing sweeping new political and economic initiatives.

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57. Ronald Reagan faced former vice president Walter Mondale when he ran for re-election in 1984, and defeated him in a landslide with the largest electoral college victory in American history.

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58. Ronald Reagan had been a Democrat until 1962, when he became a conservative and switched to the Republican Party.

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59. Ronald Reagan was twice elected President of the Screen Actors Guild—the labor union for actors—where he worked to root out Communist influence.

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

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