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Ronald Reagan initially chose a career in entertainment, and appeared in over 50 films before getting into politics. After serving two terms as Governor of California he set his sights on the White House, into which he moved in 1981.

Ronald Reagan

Chronology of His Life and Career

February 6, 1911 Born in Tampico, Illinois.
1920 Moved with his family to Dixon, Illinois.
1932 Graduated from Eureka College.
1932 Got a sports broadcasting job with a small radio station in Davenport, Iowa.
1937 Signed with Warner Brothers.
1940 Played George Gipp in the film Knute Rockne--All American.
June 25, 1940 Married Jane Wyman.
1942-1945 Called to active duty by the Army Air Force and assigned to the 1st Motion Picture Unit.
1947-1952 Served as president of the Screen Actors Guild.
1948 Divorced Jane Wyman Reagan.
1952 Campaigned as a Democrat for Dwight David Eisenhower.
1952 Accepted a job as spokesman for the General Electric Company.
March 1, 1952 Married Nancy Davis.
1956 Campaigned as a Republican for Richard Nixon.
1959-1960 Served as president of the Screen Actors Guild.
1962 Officially changed his party registration to Republican.
1964 Gave a televised address for Barry Goldwater.
1965 Published his autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me?
1966 Elected Governor of California.
1974 Wrote a syndicated newspaper column and provided commentaries on radio stations.
1976 Unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
November 13, 1979 Declared his candidacy for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination.
1980 Elected President of the United States.
1984 Re-elected President of the United States.
June 5, 2004 Died in Los Angeles, California.

Official Websites

The Reagan Ranch
Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Foundation
Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

See Also

Dwight David Eisenhower

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