Feb 6 Born in Tampico, IL to Jack and Nelle Reagan. His older brother Neil [Moon] was born in 1908.
Dec. 6 After a
series of homes in the South side of
Summer Was employed as a life guard at
June Graduated from
June Graduated from
Fall Supported, with his father, Franklin D. Roosevelt for President.
December Got a job as a temporary staff announcer
at station WOC in
April When WOC and WHO, in
chief sports announcer and a permanent job. He would broadcast Chicago Cub home games based on telegraph reports from Wrigley Field.
Feb. 27 Enlisted as a private in the Army Reserve.
Mar. 15 While
attending Spring training, on
Apr. 20 Signed as a contract player for Warner Bros.
Apr. 27 Promoted to Second Lieutenant in the Reserve Corps of Cavalry.
Jun. 7 Reported to the studio for his first motion picture, Love is on the Air.
Jan. 26 Married Jane Wyman, who he had met while filming Brother Rat.
September Played George Gipp in Knute Rockne - All American.
Jan. 4 Maureen Reagan was born.
Sep.17 Reagan was an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
September Played Drake McHugh in Kings Row, his most artistically acclaimed role. In this picture, he uttered the line, “Where’s the rest of me?”
Apr. 19 Called to active duty and reported to
Jan. 14 Promoted to First Lieutenant.
Jul. 22 Promoted to Captain.
Feb. 2 Recommended for promotion to Major.
Mar. 14 Birth of Reagan and Wyman’s adopted son, Michael.
Jul. 17 Promotion to Major disapproved.
Aug. 21 Signed a million dollar contract with Warner Bros.
Dec. 9 Discharged from the Army.
March Elected President of the Screen Actors Guild for the first time. He would be re-elected for five more consecutive one year terms.
4 Made That
Oct. 25 Testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
23 Introduced Harry Truman at a
campaign rally in
Jun. 28 Reagan and Jane Wyman divorce was final.
Wrote guest columns for Victor Riesel, the labor columnist.
April Supported Helen Gahagen Douglas for U.S. Senator, but in the Fall switched his support to Richard Nixon.
Dec. 7 Made his first television network debut in Nash Airflyte Theatre. He would eventually have over sixty television credits.
Appeared in Bedtime for Bonzo for Universal.
Mar. 4 Married Nancy Davis.
June Made the commencement address, America the Beautiful at
Played Grover Cleveland Alexander in The Winning Team, his last picture for Warner Bros.
Oct. 22 Patricia Reagan was born.
Fall Campaigned as a Democrat for Eisenhower.
May 2 Named
Honorary Mayor of
Sep. 26 His first appearance on GE Theatre. He accepted a job as host and occasional star of GE Theatre, and as spokesman for the General Electric Company. This allowed him to tour the country, giving speeches.
Named Honorary Mayor of Thousand Oaks, but was disappointed in his unsuccessful bid to be Honorary Mayor of Hollywood.
Campaigned again as a Democrat for Eisenhower.
Appeared, with Nancy Davis, in Hellcats of the Navy, their first and only picture together.
May 28 Ronald Prescott (“Skipper”) Reagan was born.
November Elected President of the Screen Actors Guild for the last time.
9 Dedication of the
July After strike negotiations were over, Reagan resigned as President of Screen Actors Guild, and he and Nancy, later, resigned from the Board.
Fall Campaigned for Richard Nixon as a Democrat for Nixon.
Feb. 5 Made a grand jury appearance in the MCA-SAG anti-trust hearing.
March General Electric decided to discontinue GE Theatre because of low ratings.
Reagans last appearance was broadcast on
Fall Officially changed his party registration to Republican.
Became host of Death Valley Days, replacing “The Old Ranger,” Stanley Andrews. He appeared in or hosted twenty-one episodes, which were broadcast from 1965-1966.
Reagan portrayed the villain in The Killers, his last motion picture. Originally made for television, it was too violent and was released in movie theaters.
Oct. 27 Reagan’s televised speech for Barry Goldwater, A Time for Choosing, launched his political career.
November “Friends of Ronald Reagan,” a political support group, formed
Publication of Reagan’s autobiography, Where’s the Rest of Me.
Resigned as host of
November Reagan defeated Edmund G. “Pat” Brown in a landslide. His success
in the election and as governor, made him a leading presidential nomination contender in 1968.
Jan. 2 Inaugurated as Governor of California in a small ceremony.
Jan. 5 Public celebration of Inaugural as Governor, including Inaugural Address.
August Reagan waited until the Republican
May 15 Sent in the
National Guard to the
November Won re-election for Governor over Jesse Unruh, The Speaker of the State Assembly.
Signed the California Welfare Reform Act, whose purpose was to reduce welfare rolls.
Fall A consulting and public relations firm, founded by Michael Deaver and Peter Hannaford, began to book speeches, newspaper columns, and radio commentaries for Reagan.
Fall Reagan declined offers from the Ford Administration to become Ambassador to the Court of St.James, Secretary of Transportation and, later, Secretary of Commerce.
Nov. 20 Announced his candidacy for President for the 1976 election. He would lose the race for the nomination but his strong showing laid the groundwork for the 1980 election.
19 Addressed the Republican
National Convention in
Nov. 13 Announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President.
He was the tenth and last Republican to enter the race.
Feb. 23 “Ambush at
Mar. 18 Republican
Apr. 24 Republican
Jul. 16 Reagan won the nomination for
President at the Republican National Convention in
Jul. 16 Gerald Ford, who decided not to contest the nomination, was offered the post of Vice President on the “dream ticket,” but declined the nomination in a face-to-face meeting with Reagan.
Jul 16 Spurned by Ford, Reagan offered the Vice President nomination to George Bush.
Sep. 21 Reagan
Oct. 28 Reagan - Carter Debate.
a landslide victory, Reagan was elected the 40th President of the