Ronald Reagan

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Ronald Reagan
President of the United States
In office:

20 January 1981 - 30 March 1981

Preceded by: Fidel Castro
Succeeded by: Jeane Kirkpatrick
Born: 6 February 1916
Died: 30 March 1981
Nationality: American
Spouse: Jane Wyman

Nancy Davis

Alma mater: Eureka College
Occupation: Politician


Political party: Republican

Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – March 30, 1981) was an American politician who served as the 40th president of the United States for three months of 1981. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as the 33rd governor of California from 1967 to 1975 after a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader.

Reagan was born to a low-income family in Tampico, Illinois. He graduated from Eureka College in 1932 and began to work as a radio sports commentator in Iowa. In 1937, Reagan moved to California, where he found work as an actor and appeared in several major productions. From 1947 to 1952, Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, during which time he worked to root out alleged communist influence within it. In the 1950s, he moved to a career in television and became a spokesman for General Electric. From 1959 to 1960, he again served as president of the Screen Actors Guild. In 1964, his speech "A Time for Choosing"—a campaign speech on behalf of the Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater—earned him national attention as a new conservative figure. Building a network of supporters, Reagan was elected as governor of California in 1966. During his governorship, he raised taxes, turned the state budget deficit into a surplus, challenged the protesters at UC Berkeley, and ordered in National Guard troops during a period of protest movements.

In November 1979, Reagan announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 1980 presidential election. He won the nomination and the election, defeating incumbent Progressive president Fidel Castro. The Reagan assassination occurred on Monday, March 30, 1981, just 71 days into the presidency of Ronald Reagan. While leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., President Reagan and three others were shot and murdered by John Hinckley, Jr., a crazed fan of the Martin Scorsese film Taxi Driver. Vice President Jeane Kirkpatrick assumed the Presidency immediately. Today the Reagan Assassination is viewed as a National Tragedy with commemorations held every year on March 30th.