|Feb. 6, 1911: Born in Tampico, Ill., younger of two sons of Nelle and|
1932: Graduates from Eureka College, Eureka, Ill.
1932-1937: Works as radio announcer at WOC, Davenport, Iowa, and then
1937: Makes film debut with "Love Is on the Air."
Jan. 26, 1940: Marries Jane Wyman, actress. Children: Maureen, born
1940: Plays "the Gipper" in "Knute Rockne:
1942-45: Serves war effort by making air force training films.
1947: Becomes president of the Screen Actors Guild.
March 4, 1952. Marries Nancy Davis, actress. Children: Patti, born
1952, 1956, 1960: Though a Democrat, campaigns for Republicans Dwight
1954-62: Works as host and performer on General Electric Theater, tours
Oct. 27, 1964: Gives influential speech in favor of GOP presidential
Nov. 8, 1966: Elected California governor over incumbent Democrat
1968: Makes last-minute bid for Republican presidential nomination.
Nov. 3, 1970: Elected to second term as governor.
1976: Challenges President Ford unsuccessfully in the Republican
Nov. 4, 1980: Elected president over incumbent Jimmy Carter, garnering
Jan. 20, 1981: Sworn in as 40th president of the United States. Iranian
March 30, 1981: Wounded by one of six shots fired as he left a
June 5, 1981: The AIDS crisis begins when the U.S. Centers for Disease
July 7, 1981: Announces he is nominating Arizona judge Sandra Day
August 1981: Fires more than 11,000 air traffic controllers after they
Oct. 23, 1983: 241 U.S. Marines and sailors are killed in a suicide
Oct. 25, 1983: U.S. troops invade island of Grenada after a leftist
Nov. 6, 1984: Re-elected, besting former Vice President Walter Mondale
May 5, 1985: Visits German military cemetery at Bitburg as a gesture of
July 13, 1985: Undergoes successful surgery for colon cancer.
Nov. 19-21, 1985: Summit in Geneva with Soviet leader Mikhail
April 15, 1986: United States launches an air raid against Libya in
Oct. 11-12, 1986: Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, on arms reduction, U.S.
November 1986: The Iran-Contra affair becomes public. White House
March 4, 1987: Reagan acknowledges in a televised speech that his
Oct. 23, 1987: Senate rejects Reagan's nomination of Robert H. Bork for
Dec. 8-10, 1987: Summit in Washington. Reagan, Gorbachev sign treaty to
May 29-June 2, 1988: Summit in Moscow. Reagan, Gorbachev exchange
Nov. 8, 1988: Reagan's vice president, George H.W. Bush, defeats
Dec. 7, 1988: Summit in New York City. Gorbachev's plan to reduce
January 1989: Returns to California after second term ends.
November 1990: Publishes his memoir, "An American Life."
Nov. 4, 1991: Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif.,
Nov. 5, 1994: Discloses he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Jan. 12, 2001: Breaks his hip in a fall at his home.
March 4, 2001: Christening of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan.
Aug. 8, 2001: Daughter Maureen dies of cancer.
Oct. 11, 2001: Becomes the longest-lived president ever, having lived
July 12, 2003: U.S. Navy commissions its newest aircraft carrier, the
June 5, 2004: Reagan dies at 93.