Ronald Reagan – Former US President
BIRTHDAY: February 6, 1911
DEATH DATE: Jun 5, 2004 (age 93)
40th president of the United States whose controversial economics philosophy, Reaganomics, impacted the latter part of the 20th century, and served as the 33rd Governor of California(1967–75) before his presidency.
Early he was a film star during the Golden Age of Hollywood and appeared in movies such as 1939’s Dark Victory, 1940’s Knute Rockne, All American, and 1942’s Kings Row.
As president, Reagan implemented sweeping new political and economic initiatives. His supply-side economic policies, dubbed “Reaganomics”, advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reducing government spending. In his first term he survived an assassination attempt, took a hard line against labor unions, escalated the War on Drugs, and ordered an invasion of Grenada to reverse a Communist coup.
He supported anti-communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détente in favor of rollback by escalating an arms race with the USSR. Reagan left office in 1989. In 1994, the former president disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease earlier in the year; he died ten years later at the age of 93. A conservative icon, he ranks highly in public opinion polls of U.S. Presidents and is credited for generating an ideological renaissance on the American political right.
He gave a 1964 televised speech called A Time for Choosing in support of presidential contender Barry Goldwater, a speech that would be credited with jumpstarting his political career. His final films is The Killer,1964 with Lee Marvin.
He and his first wife, Academy Award-winner Jane Wyman, divorced in 1948. He married Nancy Davis in 1952, fathered four biological children, and adopted a son named Michael.
Reagan received a number of awards in his pre- and post-presidential years. After his election as president, Reagan received a lifetime gold membership in the Screen Actors Guild, was inducted into the National Speakers Association Speaker Hall of Fame and received theUnited States Military Academy’s Sylvanus Thayer Award.