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Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1911- June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States of America; his Vice-President was George H. W. Bush. Reagan served two terms as President. Reagan was President from 1981 until 1989.
Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois, to Nelle and John Reagan. He spent many summers working as a lifeguard and saved many people from drowning. After graduating from college, Reagan became a radio sports announcer (in 1932). In 1937, he began a career as a movie actor. Reagan and the actress Jane Wyman were married from 1940 until 1948; they had two children, Maureen and Michael.
In 1947, Reagan became president of the Screen Actors Guild (the union that represents actors). Although he had been a liberal in his youth, Reagan became a conservative during this time. Reagan and the actress Nancy Davis were married in 1952; they had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott. Reagan was elected governor of California in 1966; he was re-elected in 1970.
During Reagan's two terms as US President, the American hostages in Iran were freed, communism in the Soviet Union was defeated peacefully (this was symbolized by the eventual fall of the Berlin Wall separating communist East Berlin and democratic West Berlin), and US taxes were lowered.
Reagan died at age 93, from Alzheimer's disease.
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