Having come from a background in motion pictures he was initially ridiculed as a president but in fact his time as President would see the end to one of the most challenging eras of the 20th century and he was able to bring two colossal nations out of an period of potential global destruction.
Ronald Reagan Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1911 - 2004 *** Full Name: Ronald Wilson Reagan *** Nickname: Dutch and the Gipper *** Occupation: American Actor, Politician and 40th President of the United States *** Date of Birth: Ronald Reagan was born on February 6th 1911 *** Place of Birth: Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois, U.S. *** Family background: His father was John Edward “Jack” Reagan and his mother Nelle Clyde Wilson. His father had been a salesman and of Irish Catholic descent while his mother was of Scottish and English descent *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with an older brother Neil *** Education: Ronald Reagan attended Dixon High School before attended Eureka College, he was a keen sportsman, enjoyed acting in school and storytelling ***
Ronald Reagan Fact 1: Ronald Reagan was born on February 6th 1911 and during the 20th century period in history when there were world changing events happening including the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.
Ronald Reagan Fact 2: Once graduating from college he headed for Iowa when became a radio announcer and moving on to Des Moines he became the Chicago Cubs baseball games announcer.
Ronald Reagan Fact 9: By 1952 the pair had married and together they had two children also, Patti and Ron.
Ronald Reagan Fact 10: His first forays into politics would be as a Democrat in the late 1940’s and joined several political committees.
Ronald Reagan Fact 12: In 1965 he announced his decision to run for the Governor of California although he would not gain the office until 1967.
Ronald Reagan Fact 17: Barely sixty nine days into his administration on March 30th 1981 an assignation attempt was made on Reagan’s life. While outside the Washington Hilton Hotel the President, his Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, a Washington Police Officer, Thomas Delahanty and his press secretary, James Brady came under fire from a lone shooter, John Hinckley Jr. He was initially reported as close to death but made a full recovery.
Ronald Reagan Fact 19: While on a visit to Britain he was welcomed by Margaret Thatcher and gave an address in the Palace of Westminster where he said “the forward March of freedom and democracy will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history.”
Ronald Reagan Fact 20: In 1984 Reagan decided to run for a second term and he was re-elected.
Ronald Reagan Fact 21: His second term was as successful as his first. He continued to build his relationship with Thatcher and the two countries, even gaining permission from Thatcher to allow the U.S. Air Force to use air bases in Britain if necessary.
Ronald Reagan Fact 22: While in office Reagan head several health scares. He began wearing hearing aids quite early on in his administration which when he admitted to this cause a rise in sales. He was after all the oldest even man to have become President of the United States at sixty nine years old. In 1985 he had surgery to remove cancerous polyps, he had several procedures over several years to remove cancer cells from his nose and also had surgery for an enlarged prostate.
Ronald Reagan Fact 23: Once his term was concluded he and Nancy returned to Los Angeles where they bought a home. It was in August of 1994 that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer and he made the announcement to the public.
Ronald Reagan Fact 24: Ronald Wilson Reagan died on June 5th 2004 in his home in California of pneumonia aged ninety three. His body laid to rest at the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
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