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  • 1400s

    • December 4, 1400: Fallston High School was visited by President Reagan during his term as president on December 4, 1985. - Fallston High School, Wikipedia.
  • 1910s

  • 1930s

    • May 25, 1937: He was appointed Second Lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps of the Cavalry on May 25, 1937, and on June 18 was assigned to the 323rd Cavalry. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • 1937: His first screen credit was the starring role in the 1937 movie Love Is on the Air, and by the end of 1939 he had already appeared in 19 films,[19] including Dark Victory. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
  • 1940s

    • January 26, 1940: They were engaged at the Chicago Theatre,[36] and married on January 26, 1940, at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather church in Glendale, California. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • 1940s: Amid the Red Scare in the late 1940s, Reagan provided the FBI with names of actors whom he believed to be communist sympathizers within the motion picture industry. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • 1941: Reagan was first elected to the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild in 1941, serving as an alternate. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • April 18, 1942: Reagan was ordered to active duty for the first time on April 18, 1942. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • January 14, 1943: He was promoted to First Lieutenant and was sent to the Provisional Task Force Show Unit of This Is The Army at Burbank, California. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • July 22, 1943: He returned to the 1st Motion Picture Unit after completing this duty and was promoted to Captain on July 22, 1943. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • January, 1944: Captain Reagan was ordered to temporary duty in New York City to participate in the opening of the sixth War Loan Drive. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • November 14, 1944: He was re-assigned to the 18th AAF Base Unit on November 14, 1944, where he remained until the end of World War II. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • February 2, 1945: He was recommended for promotion to Major on February 2, 1945, but this recommendation was disapproved on July 17 of that year. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • December 9, 1945: He returned to Fort MacArthur, California, where he was separated from active duty on December 9, 1945. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
  • 1950s

  • 1960s

    • 1961: "Back in 1927, an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for President on the Socialist Party ticket, said that the American people would never vote for socialism but he said under the name of liberalism the American people would adopt every fragment of the socialist program." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
    • 1962: Originally a member of the Democratic Party, he switched to the Republican Party in 1962. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • 1964: His final work as a professional actor was as host and performer from 1964 to 1965 on the television series Death Valley Days. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • 1964: Reagan endorsed the campaign of conservative presidential contender Barry Goldwater in 1964. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • 1964: After delivering a rousing speech in support of Barry Goldwater's presidential candidacy in 1964, he was persuaded to seek the California governorship, winning two years later and again in 1970. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • October 27, 1964: "They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer — not an easy answer — but simple." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
    • October 27, 1964: He revealed his ideological motivation in a famed speech delivered on October 27, 1964: "The Founding Fathers knew a government can't control the economy without controlling people. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • January 5, 1967: "Later variant : Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
    • 1968: He was defeated in his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 as well as 1976, but won both the nomination and election in 1980. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
  • 1970s

    • 1970s: Reagan ended the price controls on domestic oil which had contributed to energy crises in the 1970s. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • September 7, 1973: "One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-century attitude. That is when the Founding Fathers made it clear that the safety of law-abiding citizens should be one of the government's primary concerns." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
    • November 20, 1975: Former California Governor Ronald Reagan enters the race for the Republican presidential nomination, challenging incumbent President Gerald Ford. - 1975 in the United States, Wikipedia.
    • March 30, 1979: Special Agent Tim McCarthy stepped in front of President Ronald Reagan during the assassination attempt of March 30, 1981 and took a bullet to the abdomen but made a full recovery. - United States Secret Service, Wikipedia.
    • 1979: Reagan escalated the Cold War, accelerating a reversal from the policy of détente which began in 1979 following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
    • November 13, 1979: "A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
  • 1980s


    • 1980

      • 1980: The 1980 presidential campaign between Reagan and incumbent President Jimmy Carter was conducted during domestic concerns and the ongoing Iran hostage crisis. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
      • 1980: Reagan also fulfilled a 1980 campaign promise to repeal the Windfall profit tax in 1988, which had previously increased dependence on foreign oil. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
      • September 21, 1980: "With regard to the freedom of the individual for choice with regard to abortion, there's one individual who's not being considered at all. That's the one who is being aborted. And I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • October 28, 1980: "Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago?" - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • October 28, 1980: "I believe with all my heart that our first priority must be world peace, and that use of force is always and only a last resort, when everything else has failed, and then only with regard to our national security." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.

    • 1981


    • 1982


    • 1983

      • January 15, 1983: "Abraham Lincoln freed the black man. In many ways, Dr. King freed the white man. How did he accomplish this tremendous feat? Where others — white and black — preached hatred, he taught the principles of love and nonviolence. We can be so thankful that Dr. King raised his mighty eloquence for love and hope rather than for hostility and bitterness. He took the tension he found in our nation, a tension of injustice, and channeled it for the good of America and all her people." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • September 1, 1983: After Soviet fighters downed Korean Air Lines Flight 007 on September 1, 1983, carrying 269 people including U.S. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
      • September 23, 1983: "Some people work an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. But the Marines don't have that problem." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • November 3, 1983: "One hundred nations in the UN have not agreed with us on just about everything that's come before them, where we're involved, and it didn't upset my breakfast at all." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • December 6, 1983: "Not to the extent of throwing up my hands and saying, "Well, it's all over." No. I think whichever generation and at whatever time, when the time comes, the generation that is there, I think will have to go on doing what they believe is right." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • December 6, 1983: "The only way there could be war is if they start it; we're not going to start a war." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.

    • 1984

      • January 16, 1984: "History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • February 7, 1984: President Reagan ordered the Marines to begin withdrawal from Lebanon. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
      • September, 1984: Ronald Reagan held a huge noontime election rally at the same location. - Waterbury, Connecticut, Wikipedia.
      • October 21, 1984: "I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.

    • 1985


    • 1986

      • January 28, 1986: "We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them — this morning, as they prepared for their journey, and waved good-bye, and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."" - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • January 28, 1986: "The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • January 7, 1986: President Ronald Reagan imposed sanctions on January 7, 1986 under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, prohibiting US companies from any trade or financial dealings with Libya, while freezing Libyan assets in the US. - National Oil Corporation, Wikipedia.
      • 1986: Reagan also revised the tax code with the bipartisan Tax Reform Act of 1986. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
      • 1986: "George [H. W. Bush] brought his ne're-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • August 15, 1986: "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • September 9, 1986: Spencer was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 9, 1986 to the a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division. - James R. Spencer, Wikipedia.
      • September, 1986: A series of meetings held during August and September 1986 culminated in a summit between United States President Ronald Reagan and the General Secretary of the CPSU Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavík, Iceland, on 11 October 1986. - 501st Combat Support Wing, Wikipedia.
      • November 13, 1986: The Iranian government confirmed the Ash-Shiraa story, and ten days after the story was first published, President Ronald Reagan appeared on national television from the Oval Office on November 13 stating: - Iran–Contra affair, Wikipedia.
      • December 10, 1986: "The other day, someone told me the difference between a democracy and a people's democracy. It's the same difference between a jacket and a straitjacket." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • December 1, 1986: President Ronald Reagan announces that as of December 1 former Senator John Tower, former Secretary of State Edmund Muskie, and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft will serve as members of the Special Review Board looking into the scandal (they became known as the Tower Commission). - 1986 in the United States, Wikipedia.

    • 1987

      • 1987: He reappointed Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and in 1987 he appointed monetarist Alan Greenspan to succeed him. - Ronald Reagan, Wikipedia.
      • September 11, 1987: Niemeyer was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 11, 1987 to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, to fill the seat vacated by Frank A. - Paul V. Niemeyer, Wikipedia.
      • September 21, 1987: "Diplomacy, of course, is a subtle and nuanced craft, so much so that it's said that when the most wily diplomat of the nineteenth-century passed away, other diplomats asked, on reports of his death, "What do you suppose the old fox meant by that?"" - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • September 25, 1987: "How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • September 21, 1987: "Cannot swords be turned to plowshares? Can we and all nations not live in peace? In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet, I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples than war and the threat of war?" - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
      • September 19, 1987: Clifton White founded the International Foundation for Election Systems on September 19, 1987 as a direct response to Ronald Reagan’s definition of America’s role in promoting democracy, an idea presented by Reagan during a speech in 1982. - International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Wikipedia.
      • December 10, 1987: When Mikhail Gorbachev announced a Soviet withdrawal without a peace settlement at his Washington, D.C. meeting with President Reagan on December 10, 1987, the chance for a political agreement was lost. - History of Afghanistan (1978–1992), Wikipedia.

    • 1988

  • 1990s

    • September 17, 1990: "We have found, in our country, that when people have the right to make decisions as close to home as possible, they usually make the right decisions." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
    • November 4, 1991: "I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
    • August 17, 1992: "When you see all that rhetorical smoke billowing up from the Democrats, well ladies and gentleman, I'd follow the example of their nominee; don't inhale." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
    • August 17, 1992: "Well I've said it before and I'll say it again — America's best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
    • August 17, 1992: "This fellow they've nominated claims he's the new Thomas Jefferson. Well let me tell you something; I knew Thomas Jefferson. He was a friend of mine and Governor... You're no Thomas Jefferson!"" - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
    • November 5, 1994: "In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead. Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you." - Ronald Reagan, Wikiquote.
  • 2000s







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