Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004)
40th President of the United States January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
Ronald Reagan defeated incumbent president Jimmy Carter in 1980 to become the 40th president of the United States.
He was born in Tampico, IL and attended school Dixon Illinois. He worked his way through Eureka College. He worked as a sports announcer after college until he switched to acting in 1937. He became a Hollywood star, starring in dozens of films.
He married twice. He had 2 children with his first wife, Jane Wyman. In 1952 he married Nancy Davis and they also had 2 children. Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis Reagan remained married until their deaths.
Originally the president of the Screen Actors Guild, he was elected Governor of California where he served from 1967 - 1975. Once he became president, he instituted conservative policies that stimulated economic growth and curbed inflation. As domestic spending and taxes decreased, he increased defense spending by 35%.
During his presidency, he escalated the cold war to encourage peace through strength. He then negotiated with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to eliminate intermediate-range nuclear missiles. He declared war on terrorism and supported anti-communist regimes.
Becoming president on the heels of the energy crisis, he also ensured the flow of oil during the Iran-Iraq war.
In 1994 Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and he passed away 10 years later.
Four stars have been named for President Reagan.
Hercules RA 16h 28m 57.00s D 07° 45' 0.00"
February 07, 1986
Pegasus RA 23h 41m 45.00s D 08° 13' 0.00"
February 06, 1986
Ronald Wilson "1" Reagan
Puppis RA 7h 56m 57.00s D-23° 10' 0.00"
December 26, 1984
Ronald Wilson Reagan
Ursa Major RA 10h 21m 0.00s D 65° 0' 0.00"
December 25, 1980