RONALD REAGAN POST-PRESIDENTIAL CHRONOLOGY

 

1989

 

Jan 20        Leaves White House, returns to California

 

Feb 6         Celebrates his birthday at the Bistro Garden Restaurant, Los Angeles

 

Apr 26        At his office in Century City, California, Reagan meets with President Bush for the first time since leaving the Presidency

 

Jun 13        Gives the annual Winston Churchill Lecture to the English-Speaking Union, London

 

Jun 14        Receives honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II

 

Jun 15        In Paris, Reagan is inducted into the Academy of Moral and Political Science, and attends celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower

 

Jul 4            While vacationing in Mexico, Reagan sustains bruises, and other apparently superficial injuries, after being bucked off a horse

 

Jul 11         Serves as guest television announcer for the first inning of baseball’s All-Star Game, Anaheim Stadium, California

 

Jul 21         Inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City

 

Sep 8         Visits the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for a routine physical; fluid discovered on his brain (attributed to his July accident with the horse); Mayo Clinic doctors perform surgery to remove the fluid, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester

 

Sep 15       Visited at St. Mary’s Hospital by Soviet politician Boris Yeltsin; discharged from the hospital later that day

 

Oct 23        In Japan, Reagan is awarded a medal, the Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum, by the Japanese government

 

Oct 27        Gives address in Tokyo

 

Oct 28        Gives address in Osaka

 

Nov 15       First post-presidential visit to the White House, for the unveiling of his official      Presidential portrait

 

1990

 

Feb 5         Ordered to give videotaped testimony for the ongoing trial of Iran-Contra figure John Poindexter

 

Feb 6         Celebrates his birthday in Nassau, The Bahamas

 

Feb 16-17 In Los Angeles, gives a total of seven hours of videotaped testimony for the trial of John Poindexter

 

Feb 22       Reagan’s videotaped Iran-Contra testimony is screened for media representatives

 

Mar 20-21  Reagan’s videotaped Iran-Contra testimony is shown to the jury trying John Poindexter in Washington, DC

 

Apr 12        Gives address at the ceremony dedicating the Reagan Library’s section of the Berlin Wall

 

May 25       Postponement of planned trip to Europe, following the discovery of intestinal adhesions (scar tissue) caused by his 1985 cancer surgery

 

Jun 4          Meets with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, in San Francisco

 

Jul 17         Meets with former President Nixon, at the Century City office; the Nixons and Reagans have dinner together, at Reagan’s Bel-Air home

 

Jul 19         Reagan gives an address at the dedication of the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace, Yorba Linda, Calif.

 

Jul 21         Participates in opening ceremonies for the Goodwill Games, Seattle

 

Jul 27         Gives address at the Eisenhower Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas, on the 100th anniversary of Dwight Eisenhower’s birth

 

Sep 10       Begins 10-day European trip with arrival in Berlin

 

Sep 12       In Berlin, tours the Brandenburg Gate and the remaining portions of the Berlin Wall

 

Sep 14       Addresses the Polish Parliament, in Warsaw

 

Sep 15       Addresses shipyard workers at Gdansk, Poland

 

Sep 16       Arrives in Moscow, following visit to Leningrad

 

Sep 17       In Moscow, visits Soviet President Gorbachev, and addresses the International Affairs Committee of the Supreme Soviet

 

Sep 18       Meets with Russian Republic President Yeltsin, in Moscow

 

Sep 19       Audience with Pope John Paul II, at Vatican City, before returning to the United States

 

Nov 9          Dedicates a sculpture at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of the dismantling of the Berlin Wall

 

Dec 5         Addresses the Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge, England

 

1991

 

Feb 4         Tours the unfinished Reagan Presidential Library with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

 

Feb 6         Celebrates his 80th birthday at a Reagan Library fundraiser held at the Beverly

                    Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Calif.

 

Mar 23       Tours the unfinished Reagan Presidential Library with Polish President Lech Walesa

 

Mar 28       Washington, DC, events: Meets with President Bush at the White House; dedicates the Ronald Reagan Institute for Emergency Medicine, George Washington University, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the March 30, 1981 assassination attempt; in his dedicatory remarks for the Institute, declares his support for the Brady handgun control bill

 

Apr 5          Attends celebration of the 50th anniversary of the USO, at Universal City, Calif.

 

Jul 15         Addresses the Captive Nations Week Conference, Los Angeles

 

Nov 4          Gives address at the dedication of the Ronald Reagan Library and Center for Public Affairs, Simi Valley, California

 

1992

 

Feb 6         Surprise birthday party for Reagan, at the Reagan Library

 

Apr 13        In Las Vegas, receives a glass statue award from the National Association of Broadcasters; a member of the audience (Paul Springer of Arcadia, Calif.) rushes onstage and smashes the award

 

May 3         At his California ranch (Rancho del Cielo), visits with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

 

May 4         Presents the first Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to Mikhail Gorbachev, and dedicates the Ronald Reagan Center for Public Affairs, in ceremonies held at the Reagan Library

 

Aug 8         Address at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch, Iowa

 

Aug 17       Addresses the Republican National Convention, Houston

 

Sep 13       Accompanies President Bush’s re-election campaign, and gives a campaign speech for Bush, in Orange County, California

 

Nov 27       Meetings with President-elect Bill Clinton, at Reagan’s Century City office

 

Dec 4         Addresses the Oxford Union Society at Oxford University, England

 

1993

 

Jan 4          Reagan and Jimmy Carter named joint recipients of the first Spark M. Matsunaga Medals for Peace

 

Jan 13        Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush

 

Feb 6         Celebrates his birthday at a Reagan Center for Public Affairs fundraiser held at the Reagan Library; tours the Library’s museum with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a guest at the fundraiser

 

Apr 5          Speaks at a Reagan Library event honoring Prime Minister Brian Mulroney of Canada

 

May 15       Gives the commencement address at The Citadel, Charleston, SC

 

Jul 30         Accompanies former President Nixon on an unpublicized tour of the Reagan Library

 

Nov 9          Presents the second Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to General Colin Powell, in ceremonies held at the Reagan Library

 

1994

 

Feb 3         Attends Republican National Convention’s Annual Gala in Washington, DC; gala theme is “A Tribute to Ronald Reagan”

 

Mar 17       In a letter (made public) to former Senator Paul Laxalt, Reagan admits to being “pretty steamed” over allegations made by Iran-Contra figure (and US Senate candidate) Oliver North, concerning Reagan’s role in the Iran-Contra affair

 

Apr 27        Attends the funeral of Richard Nixon at the Nixon Library and Birthplace, Yorba Linda, Calif.

 

May 4         In a letter sent to all members of the House of Representatives, former Presidents Reagan, Carter and Ford urge support of a bill banning the domestic manufacture of military-style assault weapons

 

September    

 

                    Makes videotaped support statements for use by Republican candidates for office nationwide

 

Nov 5          Writes letter announcing that he has Alzheimer’s Disease; letter is made publicly available later that day

 

Nov 22       Tours the Reagan Library Christmas exhibits – first public appearance since the public announcement of his Alzheimer’s Disease

 

December- early Jan.

 

                    Makes his last annual New Year’s visit to the Annenberg estate, Rancho Mirage, Calif.

 

 

1995

 

Feb 6         Attends birthday party at his Century City office

 

Jul 18         Lesion on his neck is removed during his annual physical, at the Mayo Clinic

 

Oct 31        Ronald and Nancy Reagan announce the establishment an institute (the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute) dedicated to the study of Alzheimer’s Disease

 

1996

 

Feb 6         85th birthday celebration and Reagan Library fundraiser, at Chasen’s restaurant, West Hollywood; Reagan does not attend

 

Aug 12       Salute to Ronald Reagan at the Republican National Convention, San Diego, climaxed by an address to the convention by Nancy Reagan

 

Aug 19       Announcement that Rancho del Cielo (Reagan’s California ranch) is for sale

 

Sep 3         Reagan is awarded reimbursement for legal fees incurred as a result of the Iran‑Contra investigation, since no Iran-Contra charges were ever filed against him

 

1997

 

Feb 6         Celebrates his birthday at his Century City Office

 

Aug 31       Statement issued by Reagan concerning the death of Princess Diana

 

1998

 

Feb 6         Celebrates his birthday at his Century City office

 

Apr 21        Sale of Rancho del Cielo to Young America’s Foundation is finalized

 

1999

 

Feb 6         Celebrates his birthday at home

 

Jul 19         Statement issued by Ronald and Nancy Reagan concerning the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr.

 

2000

 

Feb 6         Reagan celebrates his birthday at home

 

2001

 

Jan 12        Reagan breaks his hip in a fall at his house, and is taken to St. John’s Medical Center (Santa Monica, Calif.)

 

Jan 20        At St. John’s Medical Center, Ronald and Nancy Reagan watch the inauguration of George W. Bush. Reagan goes home later that day.

 

Feb 6         Reagan becomes only the third US President to reach the age of 90

 

Oct 11        Reagan becomes the United States’ longest-lived President, surpassing John Adams

 

2002

 

Feb 6         Reagan celebrates his birthday at home

 

May 16       Ronald and Nancy Reagan are awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol that Mrs. Reagan attends

 

2003

 

Feb 6         Reagan celebrates his birthday at home

 

2004

 

Feb 6         Reagan celebrates his birthday at home

 

Jun 5          Reagan passes away at home, at age 93

 

Jun 7          Private ceremony, for close relatives and friends, at the Reagan Library

 

Jun 7-8       Laying in repose, for the public to pay respects, at the Reagan Library

 

Jun 9          Casket flown to Washington, DC; procession to US Capitol; State Funeral in the Capitol Rotunda

 

Jun 9-11     Laying in state, for the public to pay respects, in the Capitol Rotunda

 

Jun 11        National Funeral Service at Washington National Cathedral; casket flown back to California; procession to the Reagan Library; Private Interment Service at the Reagan Library                                                                                                                                                                        

 

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