Ronald Reagan Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States.

Birth date:
February 6, 1911

Birth place: Tampico, Illinois

Birth Name: Ronald Wilson Reagan

Father: John Edward Reagan, shoe salesman

Mother: Nelle (Wilson) Reagan

Marriages: Nancy (Davis) Reagan (March 4, 1952-June 5, 2004, his death); Jane Wyman (January 26, 1940-June 28 1949, divorce)

    Children: with Nancy Reagan: Ronald Prescott, May 1958 and Patricia Ann, October 1952; with Jane Wyman: Maureen Elizabeth, January 1941-2001 and Michael Edward (adopted), March 1945

    Education: Eureka College, B.A., 1932

    Military Service: Army, Captain, 1942-1945

    Other Facts:
    Appointed the first female Supreme Court Justice - Sandra Day O'Connor.

    Nicknamed "The Gipper" due to his famous role as George Gipp in the film "Knute Rockne-All American."

    Liked to feed the squirrels outside the Oval Office.

    Loved jelly beans.

    1932-1937 -
    Works as a sports announcer in the mid-west.

    1937- Moves to California and begins acting in movies.

    1942-1945 - Serves in the Army.

    1947-1952 and 1959-1960 - President of the Screen Actors Guild.

    1954-1962 - Host and actor on the television show "General Electric Theater."

    1964-1965 - Hosts the television series "Death Valley Days."

    1964 - Delivers a televised speech in support of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

    1967-1975 - Governor of California.

    1976 - Runs unsuccessfully against Gerald Ford for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

    November 4, 1980 - Is elected president of the United States.

    January 20, 1981 - Is sworn in as president of the United States.

    March 30, 1981 - Is shot during an assassination attempt.

    April 11, 1981 - Is released from the hospital.

    November 6, 1984 - Is re-elected.

    July 13, 1985 - Undergoes surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his colon.

    1987 - Submitted the first trillion-dollar budget request.

    1998 - The Washington National Airport is renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

    1990 - Reagan's autobiography "An American Life" is published.

    January 13, 1993 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    November 5, 1994 - Announces that he has Alzheimer's disease.

    May 16, 2002 - President and Mrs. Reagan are awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

    June 5, 2004 - Dies at the age of 93.