Ronald Reagan Timeline

Ronald Reagan Timeline. A lifetime of events for the 40th President of the United States, both public and private. From his birth on February 6, 1911 in Tampico Illinois to his death on June 5, 2004 in Bel-Air California.

Before political life Ronald Reagan served in the U.S. Military, was a successful Hollywood actor making dozens of movies and was the President of the screen actors guild.

In 1966 Reagan became the Governor of the State of California and was re-elected to a second term in 1970. He also ran for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1976 but was unsuccessful. However, Reagan persevered and was successful in obtaining the republican nomination during the election of 1979 and ultimately beat the incumbent President Jimmy Carter, becoming the 40th U.S. President.

Ronald Reagan won the largest landslide election victory in American History during his re-election bid against Democratic challenger Walter Mondale and made history again, when he was inaugurated the oldest U.S. President.

"The Great Communicator"



1911 Ronald Reagan was born on February 6
1920 Woodrow Wilson becomes the 28th U.S. President
The Reagan's move to Dixon, Illinois
1921 Warren Gamaliel Harding becomes the 29th U.S. President
1923 Vice President Calvin Coolidge assumes the Presidency upon the death of President Harding
1924 Calvin Coolidge is elected President
1926 Reagan takes a summer job at Lowell Park as a lifeguard, where he continued employment for the next six summers
1928 Reagan graduates from Dixon High School
1929 Herbert Clark Hoover becomes the 31st U.S. President
1932 Reagan goes to Eureka College
Reagan takes a broadcasting job in Davenport, Iowa
1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected the 32nd U.S. President. He was elected to a historical four terms. No President in History has ever served more than two terms
1937 Reagan enlists in the U.S. Army
1940 Reagan is discovered and begins his acting career for Warner Brothers
Reagan delivers his famous movie line "One more for the Gipper"
Reagan marries actress Jane Wyman on January 24
1941 Reagan's daughter Maureen is born on January 4
1942 Reagan is commissioned to active duty
Reagan makes training films for the army in Culver City, California
1945 Harry Truman assumes the Presidency upon the death of President Roosevelt
Reagan resumes his acting career which would continue for the next twenty years, making 54 movies
Reagan adopts his son Michael
1947 Reagan is elected President of the Screen Actors Guild. He served as President for five years
1948 President Harry Truman wins the Presidential election, beating Republican Thomas E. Dewey
1949 Reagan and wife Jane Wyman get divorced
1950 Reagan campaigns for U.S. Senate democratic candidate Helen Gahagan Douglas. She loses the Senate race to Republican Richard Nixon
1952 Reagan campaigns for Dwight Eisenhower's Presidential bid
Reagan marries actress Nancy Davis on March 4
Reagan's daughter Patricia "Patti" is born on October 21
1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the Thirty-Fourth U.S. President, beating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson
1954 Reagan hosts the television show "General Electric Theater" for the next seven years
1956 Reagan campaigns for Dwight Eisenhower's Presidential re-election
President Eisenhower is re-elected to a second term, once again victorious over Democrat Adlai Stevenson
1958 Reagan's son Ronald "Ron" Prescott is born on May 20
1960 Reagan campaigns for Richard Nixon's Presidential run
John Fitzgerald Kennedy is elected the 35th U.S. President
1962 Reagan changes his democratic political affiliation, registering as a Republican
1963 John F. Kennedy is assassinated on November 22, in Dallas Texas
Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson assumes the Presidency upon the death of President Kennedy
1964 Reagan delivers a televised speech "A time for Choosing" in support of Republican Barry Goldwater for President
1965 Reagan publishes his autobiography "Where's the Rest of Me?"
1966 Reagan becomes Governor of California, beating incumbent Edmund "Pat" Brown
1969 Richard Milhous Nixon becomes the 37th U.S. President
1970 Reagan is re-elected Governor of California
1974 Richard Nixon delivers his resignation speech
Vice President Gerald Rudolph Ford assumes the Presidency upon the resignation of President Nixon. Ford is the only person in History to have served as both Vice President and President having never been elected
1976 Reagan loses the Republican Presidential nomination to Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter is elected the 39th U.S. President
1979 Reagan runs for the U.S. Presidency again this time he was victorious in getting the Republican nomination.
1980 Reagan and Vice Presidential nomination, George H. W. Bush win the election a major landslide victory
1981 Reagan is Inaugurated on January 20th as the 40th U.S. President
Iran hostages are released the same day Reagan is sworn in as President, on January 20 after 444 days of captivity
March 30, Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest by John Hinkley Jr. in an unsuccessful assassination attempt. Several protectors of the President were also shot, including Press Secretary James Bradey who was severely wounded in the head
Reagan signed into law the Economic Recovery Act on August 13
1984 Reagan delivers his D-Day Speech to commemorate the 40th anniversary in Normandy, France
Reagan is re-elected President in a stunning landslide victory over Democrat Walter Mondale. The largest presidential victory in American History. Winning 49 states and 525 electoral votes
1985 Reagan is Inaugurated on January 20th, becoming the oldest President in History to Serve the office
Terrorists hijacked TWA flight 847
Reagan is diagnosed with colon cancer and later admitted to the hospital for surgery
1986 The United States space shuttle "Challenger" exploded after lift off, killing all on board
January 28, Reagan addresses the nation from the oval office upon the Challenger disaster.
Reagan meets with Britain's Prime Minister "Margaret Thatcher" at Camp David, and signs an arms control agreement
1989 Reagan delivers his farewell address to the nation on January 11
George H. W. Bush becomes the 41st U.S. President winning over Democrat Michael Dukakis
The Berlin Wall comes down
1991 The Soviet Union is dissolved
1993 William Jefferson Clinton becomes the 42nd U.S. President
1994 Reagan publicly announced he was diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease in a final written letter to the American people
2001 George W. Bush becomes the 43rd U.S. President
Reagan's daughter Maureen lost her battle with cancer and died on August 8, at the age of 60
2004 Ronald Reagan died on June 5 in Bel-Air, California at the age of 93

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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

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