The year 2011 would have been the 100th birthday of this former president; so, this is a good time for us to look at a Ronald Reagan presidency timeline to relearn - or learn for the first time - about his time in the office at the White House and what he accomplished.
NPR.org has put out a timeline of all of Ronald Reagan's life. This timeline shows the timeline of Ronald Reagan's presidency and his activities before and after he served as President of the United States.
On November 20, Ronald Reagan announces that he will be running to be elected for the Republican ticket for the President.
Reagan does not ascend to the presidency at this time because he loses the Republican nomination to Gerald Ford, who would later go on to become the President of the United States. However, Reagan had proven himself very popular even though he did not win the Republican nomination; so, a second bid for the presidency was set aside for later consideration by the Republican Party.
On November 13, he once again announces that he would run for the Republican ticket for the President. This time, he wins the Republican nomination and he choses George Bush to be his vice presidential running mate.
Reagan wins the presidential election. He is up against Jimmy Carter, and Reagan wins by what politicians refer to as a "landslide."
On January 20, Reagan is sworn in as the President of the United States. Only two months later, on March 30, he is the victim of an assassination attempt. He is shot in the chest, and three other people were wounded. Fortunately, they all survived the incident.
A few weeks pass and Reagan's economic plan to cut social program funds and to increase defense spending is given a great deal of support.
Reagan's tax bill is passed by Congress on July 29. However, instead of a 30% tax cut, Reagan is asked to lower it to 25%.
He appoints Sandra Day O'Connor as the first female justice to the United States Supreme Court.
Reagan makes a speech in which he shows that he clearly does not support the communist and social regimes.
The country is in economic turmoil. On January 31, Reagan sends in his fiscal budget for the following year. He is asked to raise taxes and cut defense spending; however, he does not agree with this proposition.
Reagan encourages the National Association of Evangelicals to stand up against the communist Soviet Union.
On March 23, Reagan unveils the famous "Star Wars" plan.
Reagan makes some intense political statements this year. On January 16, he says that there needs to be a call to arms discussion with the Soviet Union. A few months later on May 9, he urges people to help the Contra "freedom fighters."
On June 6, he presents a speech in honor of the 40th anniversary of D-day. Age starts to become an issue in the campaign, since his opponent is significantly younger than he.
On November 4, there is another landslide victory for Reagan.
Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev meet. They do not agree on all components of the talk, but they do agree to a 50% cut in nuclear spending.
He orders air strikes in Libya due to a West Berlin bombing.
Reagan and Gorbachev meet again. However, they cannot come to an agreement on certain issues.
On November 13, Reagan says that he did send some weapons and parts to Iran.
Reagan fires Chief of Staff Donald Regan.
On March 4, Reagan says that he did make a mistake in the Iran Contra issues.
Reagan forcefully asked Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall in a speech at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate.
Reagan and Gorbachev sign a treaty to get rid of 4% of the nuclear arsenals.
Changes were made in the world this year. The Soviet Union withdrew troops from Afghanistan and the Senate ratified the INF treaty.
On November 8, George Bush was elected to be the next president.