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Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

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Did you know that Ronald Reagan was a member of the Republican Political Party? Did you know that Ronald Reagan was once a famous actor? Did you know that Ronald Reagan wore contact lenses and a hearing aid?

Fun Fact 1: Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois on June 6th, 1911

Fun Fact 2: Ronald Reagan's father was a salesman of Irish descent and Ronald and his older brother were raised in a second floor apartment in Tampico, Illinois. When he was young his father nicknamed him "Dutch" because of the way he looked, this name remained with him until he was a young man

Fun Fact 3: He studied economics and sociology at Eureka College and worked as a life guard, he kept count of the lives he saved and reached the count of 77 people

Fun Fact 4: Starting out in radio and small role acting, Ronald Reagan won a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers in 1937, and became a famous movie and television actor; he is credited with 53 different acting roles in his television/movie career

Fun Fact 5: In 1940 Ronald Reagan married his first wife, Jane Wyman; they were married for 8 years before they divorced. He married his second wife, actress Nancy Davis on March 4, 1952, and together they had four children

Fun Fact 6: Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of America in 1981, when he was 69 years of age, he served for 8 years until 1989

Fun Fact 7: 69 days after Ronald Reagan became president an assassination attempt was made on his life, a shot punctured his lung and he suffered internal bleeding. At the time he light-heartedly said, "I forgot to duck."

Fun Fact 8: During the presidency of Ronald Reagan US troops were sent into Grenada, which was given the code named Operation Urgent Fury, this led to the end of Grenada's communist rule

Fun Fact 9: In 1986 the Iran-Contra Scandal, known as Irangate, was revealed and Ronald Reagan's popularity dropped rapidly from 67% to 46% in less than a week. The scandal exposed details of connections between US arms sales and the backing of Contra rebels in Nicaragua

Fun Fact 10: On 15 April 1986 under the instruction of US administration, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps carried out air-strikes against Libya in response to terrorist activity carried out by revolutionary leader Colonel Gaddafi

Fun Fact 11: Throughout his life Ronald Reagan had a few nicknames connected to him, as a child he was known as “Dutch,” in later life he was nicknamed “The Gipper” for his acting role of footballer George Gipp, and as president for his feel-good speech technique he was nick-named “The Great Communicator”

Fun Fact 12: Ronald Reagan was also known to some as the "Jelly Bean Man" because of his love of them! 3.5 tons of Jelly Bellie beans were dispatched to the White House for his 1981 presidential celebrations. A blue one, blueberry flavour, was developed especially for the occasion so that red, white and blue were each represented

Fun Fact 13: On June 5, 2004 Ronald Reagan died, in Los Angeles, California, he was 93 years of age. He was laid in State in Washington D.C. and over 104,000 people walked past his coffin to pay their final respects. His funeral on June 11, 2004 was attended by a politicians, dignitaries and movie actors from around the world


Fun Fact 14: His memorial site is decorated with the same words that he said on the opening of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, "I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph and that there is purpose and worth to each and every life"

Fun Fact 15: Ronald Reagan was once quoted as saying "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone"

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