Younger brother of Neil Reagan When he was a young man, he had a part-time job as a lifeguard. On Thursday, October 11th,he became the oldest ex-president in U.
As the s opened, few predicted that it would be a decade of unprecedented progress in superpower relations. Unwilling to wait another eight years, Reagan challenged Ford with a blistering critique of his policies and appointments but lost the nomination by 60 votes.
Election of Reagan dominated the Republican primary elections in Although his strongest opponent, George Bushwon an upset victory in the Iowa caucusesReagan bounced back after a notable performance in a debate with other Republican candidates in NashuaNew Hampshire.
The debate, initially sponsored by a newspaper, was first extended to only Reagan and Bush, but Reagan decided to pay for the debate and invite the rest of the candidates.
Reagan responded memorably with an angry line he remembered from a Spencer Tracy movie: After some tense and ultimately fruitless negotiations with representatives of Ford, Reagan chose Bush as his running mate, and the two men campaigned against Democratic incumbents Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale on a platform promising steep tax cuts, increased defense spending, a balanced budget, and a constitutional amendment to ban abortion.
Campaign buttonButton from Ronald Reagan's first U. Carter began the campaign in a vulnerable position. Inflation had increased from 6 percent to more than 12 percent since his first year in office, and unemployment and interest rates were also high.
On November 4,a mob of Iranian students had stormed the U.
Blindfolded American hostage with his Iranian captors outside the U. Electoral and popular vote totals based on data from the Office of the Clerk of the U. Then, on March 30,a deranged drifter named John W.
Rushed to George Washington University Hospital for emergency surgery, Reagan joked with doctors as he was being wheeled into the operating room: Ronald Reagan delivering his first inaugural address, Washington, D.
Ronald Reagan by John W. Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library U. Ronald Reagan returning to the White House after recovering from an assassination attempt and then addressing Congress in the wake of these events, As federal employees, the PATCO members were forbidden by law to strikeand Reagan, on the advice of Transportation Secretary Drew Lewis, refused to negotiate and gave them 48 hours to return to work.
Most of the striking controllers ignored the ultimatum and were promptly fired. Department of Defense The results were mixed.
Bankruptcies and farm foreclosures reached record levels. By early the economy had begun to recover, and by the end of that year unemployment and inflation were significantly reduced; they remained relatively low in later years.
During his tenure in office, Reagan appointed more than half the federal judiciary and three new justices of the Supreme Court: He also elevated William Rehnquist to chief justice in upon the retirement of Warren Burger.
Foreign affairs When he entered office inReagan believed that the United States had grown weak militarily and had lost the respect it once commanded in world affairs. Aiming to restore the country to a position of moral as well as military preeminence in the world, he called for massive increases in the defense budget to expand and modernize the military and urged a more aggressive approach to combating communism and related forms of leftist totalitarianism.
All people aboard were killed, including 61 Americans. Reagan, speaking at the Berlin Wall, June 12, In later years, however, former Soviet officials cited SDI as a factor in the eventual collapse of their country, for it showed that the Soviet Union was politically unprepared for and economically incapable of competing in a new arms race with the United States, especially one led by someone as unrelenting as Reagan.
Although Reagan never abandoned his support for SDI, it was eventually reconceived as a much smaller and more conventional defensive system than the one he originally proposed. Reagan and Gorbachev met for the first time in Novemberin Genevato discuss reductions in nuclear weapons.
Although the summit ended in failure owing to differences over SDI, it was followed up in December by a treaty eliminating intermediate-range nuclear forces INF on European soil.Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, – June 5, ) was the 40th President of the United States (–) and the 33rd Governor of California (–).
Born in Illinois, Reagan moved to Los Angeles, California in the s, where he became an actor, president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and a spokesman for General Electric.
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Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States. Kids learn about his biography and life story. Ronald Reagan, originally an American actor and politician, became the 40th President of the United States serving from to His term saw a restoration of prosperity at home, with the.