Ronald Reagan


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Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–89). Prior to that, he was the 33rd Governor of California (1967–75), and a radio, film and television actor.

Born in Tampico, Illinois, and raised in Dixon, Reagan was educated at Eureka College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and sociology. After graduating, Reagan ... more »

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  • ''We're in greater danger today than we were the day after Pearl Harbor. Our military is absolutely incapable of defending this country.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. First published in New York Times, April 12, 1980. quoted in "Temptation of Pride," Re...
  • ''Politics is just like show business, you have a hell of an opening, coast for a while and then have a hell of a close.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. quoted in There He Goes Again, eds. Mark Green and Gail MacColl (1983). Said in 19...
  • ''I will stand on, and continue to use, the figures I have used, because I believe they are correct. Now, I'm not going to deny that you don't now and then slip up on something; no one bats a thousand.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. News conference, Philadelphia. Quoted in Washington Post (April 20, 1980).
  • ''Well, I learned a lot.... You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. quoted in Washington Post (Dec. 6, 1982). Following Reagan's tour of South America...
  • ''Honey, I forgot to duck.''
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911), U.S. Republican politician, president. Remark, March 30, 1981, to Nancy Reagan. After John Hinckley III's assassination a...
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