40th President of the United States
Home State: Illinois
Birth: February 6, 1911
Death: June 5, 2004
Number of Terms Elected: 2 Terms
Term of Office: January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
Political Affiliation: Republican Party
Occupation: Radio Announcer, Actor, Governor of California
Quote: “I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.”
Ronald Reagan Trivia:
- Young Ronald Reagan was successful as an actor and football player at Eureka College. But his most important role was a lifeguard at a local park in Illinois. The future president saved an estimated 77 lives in his summers as a lifeguard.
- Ronald Reagan was the voice of the Chicago Cubs on the radio beginning in 1932. In 1937, while in California covering the Cubs’ spring training, an agent for Warner Bros. discovered Reagan and signed him to a seven-year contract.
- Due to his poor eyesight, he was excluded from serving overseas. During the war he was assigned to the First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, California where he helped to film and produce over 400 training films for the Army Air Force until he was relieved of duty in December of 1945.
- Before emerging as a conservative icon, Reagan was in fact, a Democrat. The former president didn’t change his voter registration until 1962.
- Ronald Reagan was known to many Americans as “The Gipper.” The nickname came from one of his famous film roles. He played George “The Gipper” Gipp, a University of Notre Dame football legend, in the film Knute Rockne, All American.
- Ronald Reagan is the only U.S. president to have been divorce. He had married actress Jane Wyman in the 1940s and the couple divorced in 1948. He married actress Nancy Davis in 1952.
- Ronald Reagan was the oldest man ever elected president.
- Despite his strong anti-Communist rhetoric, Reagan held four summits with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, resulting in nuclear arms cuts.
- Ronald Reagan was the first president to nominate a women to the Supreme Court; Sandra Day O’Conner in 1981.
- Two months into his presidency, an assassination attempt by John Hinckley injured Reagan as a bullet punctured his lung and was one inch from his heart.
Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan: Edwin Morris
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