CHRONOLOGY OF RONALD REAGAN’s PRESIDENCY, 1979-89

 

                                                                                    

1979-1980

 

Nov 13            Announcement for Presidential Candidacy

Jul 16              Ronald Reagan wins nomination at Republican National Convention

Oct 28             Reagan/Carter Presidential Debate

Nov 04            Ronald Reagan wins Presidential election in landslide victory (489-49 Electoral College)

 

1981

 

Jan 20            Inauguration Day

Jan 20            American Hostages in Iran Released

Jan 22            Establishment of Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief

Jan 27            White House Ceremony for Iran Hostages

Jan 29            First Press Conference

Feb 5              Address to Nation on the Economy

Feb 18            Address to Congress on Economic Recovery Program

Feb 26            Initial formation of the Cabinet Councils

Mar 26            Signing of  Executive Order 12301 establishing the Presidential Council on Integrity & Efficiency

Mar 30            Assassination attempt

Apr 11            Release from George Washington Hospital

Apr 28            Address to Congress on Economic Recovery Program

May 17           Honorary Degree from Notre Dame

Jul 07              Nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to Supreme Court

Jul 19-21        G7 Summit in Ottawa, Canada

Jul 27              Address to the Nation on Federal Tax Reduction Legislation

Jul 29              Tax cut bill approved by House of Representatives

Aug 03            Air traffic controllers strike ultimatum

Aug 13            President Reagan signs tax cut bill (ERTA)

Sep 24           Address to the Nation on economic recovery & social security

Sep 25           Sandra Day O’Connor sworn in as first female Supreme Court Justice

Sep 29           World Ban & IMF Address on free enterprise, not aid

Oct 02             US Strategic Weapons program announced

Oct 05             Voluntarism Initiative launched

Oct 06             Assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat

Oct 07             Fifty States Project for Women launched

Oct 15             World Affairs Council Speech on Third World & Free Enterprise

Oct 18-19       Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown, with French President                                   Mitterrand 

 

Oct 21-24       Cancun Summit on International Cooperation & Development

Oct 28             AWACS Sale to Saudi Arabia Approved by Senate

Nov 10            David Stockman’s article on Reaganomics released in Atlantic Monthly

Nov 18            Arms Reduction Speech to National Press Club

Nov 23            First Veto - 1982 Continuing Budget Resolution

Dec 01           White House Conference on Aging

Dec 22           Meeting with Defected Polish Ambassador Spasowski

Dec 23           Address to the Nation on situation in Poland

 

1982

Jan 26            First State of the Union Address- Social programs transferred to states

Feb 09            Indianapolis Speech, one of several launching New Federalism

Feb 22            Ceremony on the 250th Anniversary of the birth of George Washington

Feb 24            Caribbean Basin Initiative announced at Organization of American States

Mar 03            J. Peter Grace named as Chairman of PPSSCC

Mar 23            Enterprise Zone Initiative announced

Apr 14            Establishment of the Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving

Apr 15            Tuition Tax Credit plan announced

Apr 29            Address to the Nation on budget & Balanced Budget Amendment

May 09           START/SALT II Speech at Eureka College

May 18           Centennial Commission for Liberty-Ellis Island launched

May 31           Joint US-USSR announcement on Strategic Arms Reduction Talks

Jun 04-06       G7 Summit in Versailles

Jun 08             First US President to address both Houses of Parliament, UK

Jun 11             Visit to West Berlin

Jun 17             UN Special Session on Disarmament, “Agenda for Peace” speech

Jun 25             Haig resigns as Secretary of State, Shultz appointed

Jun 30             Signed Executive Order 12369 establishing Presidents Private Sector Survey on Cost Control (Grace Commission, PPSSCC) 

 

Jul 16              George Shultz sworn in as Secretary of State

Jul 19              Rally at Capitol for Budget Amendment

Aug 16            Address to the Nation on taxes & budget reconciliation

Aug 20            Middle East initiative “Fresh Start”

Aug 25            US Marine Forces arrive in Beirut, Lebanon

Sep 01           Address to the Nation on the Middle East

Sep 03           Tax Equity & Fiscal Responsibility Act (ERTA) signed at the Ranch

Sep 20           Address to the Nation on formation of multinational force for Lebanon

Oct 01             House defeats Budget Amendment

Oct 12             Missing Children Act & Victim & Witness Act signed

Oct 13             Address to the Nation on the economy

Oct 14             Organized Crime & Drug Trafficking Initiatives launched

Nov 10            USSR Leader Leonid Brezhnev dies

Nov 11            First commercial operations mission of the Space Shuttle

Nov 12            Yuri Andropov becomes leader of USSR

Nov 13            US Sanctions on Soviet Pipeline lifted

Nov 17            Visit to South Florida Task Force on Drugs

Nov 22            Address to the Nation on Arms Control & MX bases

Nov 23            Highway & Bridge Repair Program proposed, 5 cents gas tax

Dec 28           Recommissioning Ceremony for battleship USS New Jersey

 

1983

Jan 03            Commission on Strategic Forces created

Jan 06            Surface Transportation Assistance Act signed

Jan 07            Nuclear Waste Policy Act signed

Jan 11            Crop Swap Program announced in Texas

Jan 24            Native American Policy announced

Jan 25            State of the Union Address - Federal spending freeze

Mar 08            Address to National Association of Evangelicals (the “Evil Empire” speech)

Mar 10            Address on Central America, El Salvador

Mar 23            Address to the Nation on National Security and Strategic Defense Initiative

Mar 31            World Affairs Council Address on defense matters

Apr 18            Bombing of US Embassy in Beirut, 32 killed

Apr 20            Social Security Amendments signed

Apr 27            Address to Congress on El Salvador

Apr 30            Address to the Nation on education

May 28-31      G7 Summit in Williamsburg

Jun 03             Excellence in Education Campaign

Jul 18              Commission on Central America created, headed by Kissinger

Jul 19              Captive Nations Week designated

Jul 28              Commission on Organized Crime created

Aug 14            US-Mexico Agreement on the environment in the border area

Sep 01           Soviet attack on Korean airliner KAL 007 kills 269

Sep 05           Address to the Nation on KAL 007

Sep 07           Adult Literacy Initiative announced

Sep 24           Address to the Nation via Voice of America (VOA) setting long term framework for negotiation with USSR

 

Sep 26           Address to UN General Assembly on USSR

Oct 05             Caribbean Basin Initiative launch ceremony

Oct 05             Job Training Partnership Program launched

Oct 17             Re-election campaign committee formed on exploratory basis

Oct 23             Bombing of US Marine barracks, Beirut

Oct 25             Invasion of Grenada

Oct 27             Address to the Nation on Lebanon & Grenada

Nov 02            Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday signing ceremony

Nov 11            Address to Japanese Diet on trade policy

Dec 04           Air Strike on Syrian installations in Lebanon

 

1984

Jan 16            Address to the Nation on US/Soviet Relations

Jan 16            Grace Commission findings on pay announced

Jan 25            State of the Union Address - America is back with four great goals

Jan 29            Candidacy for re-election announced

Feb 03            Kissinger’s report on Central America received

Feb 09            USSR leader Andropov dies

Feb 13            Konstantin Chernenko becomes leader of USSR

Apr 26            Arrival in Beijing, China

Apr 30            Nuclear agreement with China

May 09           Address to the Nation on Central America

May 14           Drunk Driving Campaign address with Michael Jackson

May 24           Remarks Honoring the Vietnam Wars Unknown Soldier

June 04          Speech to Irish Parliament

June 06          Speeches on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day

Jun 07-09       G7 Summit in London

Jul 17              Minimum Drinking Age Bill signed

Jul 18              Deficit Reduction Bill signed

Aug 23            Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention, Dallas, Texas

Oct 7               First Reagan/Mondale Presidential Debate (Domestic Issues)

Oct 12             Whistlestop Presidential Campaign Tour of Ohio

Oct 21             Second Reagan/Mondale Presidential Debate (Foreign Policy)

Oct 30             Assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India

Nov 06            President Reagan wins landslide victory (525-13 in Electoral College)

 

1985

Jan 05            Nomination of Edwin Meese III to be Attorney General

Jan 08            Don Regan appointed Chief of Staff, Jim Baker III nominated as Secretary of Treasury

Jan 20            Inaugural Day - White House Ceremony

Jan 21            Public Inauguration Ceremonies at U.S. Capitol

Feb 06            State of the Union Address - American Revolution II

Feb 25            Edwin Meese III sworn in as Attorney General

Mar 10            USSR leader Konstantin Chernenko dies

Mar 11            Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader of USSR

Mar 19            Senate vote to approve MX missiles

Mar 25            Youth Employment Opportunity Wage Initiative launched

Apr 04            Nicaraguan Peace Plan announced

Apr 11            Establishment of Domestic Policy Council & Economic Policy Council

Apr 24            Address to the Nation  on federal budget & deficit reduction

May 04           G7 Summit in Bonn, Germany

May 05           Speeches at Bergen-Belsen and Bitburg Air Force Base

May 08           Address to European Parliament on Soviet arms

May 20           Summer Jobs  for Youth Program launched

May 28           Address to the Nation on tax reform

Jun 12             House approves US assistance to Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance

Jun 14             TWA Flight 847 hijacked

Jun 20             Medal of Freedom awarded to Mother Teresa

Jun 30             Address to the Nation on Release of the TWA hostages

Jul 08              Address at the American Bar Association Convention on Terrorism

Jul 13              President Reagan undergoes surgery for colon cancer

Sep 09           Economic sanctions against South Africa

Oct 07             Achille Lauro hijacked

Oct 24             Speech at UN 40th Anniversary on “Fresh Start” with Soviets

Oct 31             New US proposal on arms reduction announced

Nov 14            Address to the Nation & USSR, via VOA, on US-Soviet Geneva Summit

Nov 16            Start of Geneva Summit with Gorbachev

Nov 21            Address to Congress on Geneva Summit’s “Fresh Start”

Dec 01           All-Star tribute to Dutch Reagan

Dec 12           248 US soldiers killed in plane crash in Newfoundland

Dec 12           Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act signed

Dec 19           Domestic & Economic Policy Councils briefed on AIDS programs

 

1986

Jan 01            Address to USSR & Address by Gorbachev to USA

Jan 07            Economic Sanctions imposed on Libya

Jan 28            Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion

Feb 03            Commission on Challenger Disaster formed

Feb 04            State of the Union Address - Welfare plan

Feb 25            US recognizes Aquino government of Philippines

Feb 26            Address to the Nation on National Security

Feb 28            Packard Commission Report on defense management

Mar 16            Address to the Nation on Nicaragua

Apr 14            Libyan Air Strike

Apr 25            Nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl

May 02           G7 Summit in Japan

May 25           Hands Across America Day

Jun 09             Rogers Commission on Challenger Disaster recommendations

Jun 17             Resignation of Warren Burger from Supreme Court, nomination of W. Rehnquist for Chief Justice, nomination of A. Scalia

 

Jun 24             Address to the Nation on aid to Contras

Jul 03              Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration

Jul 22              World Affairs Council Address on South Africa

Sep 14           Address to the Nation with Mrs. Reagan, on Drugs

Sep 22           Address to UN on arms reduction progress

Sep 26           Rehnquist & Scalia sworn in as Chief Justice and Justice of the Supreme Court

Oct 11             Reykjavik Summit begins

Oct 22             Tax Reform Bill signed

Nov 02            Release of Hostage David Jacobsen from Beirut

Nov 04            Democrats win control of Senate 55-45

Nov 06            Immigration Reform & Control Act signed

Nov 13            Address to the Nation on Iran arms & Contra aid controversy

Nov 25            Iran-Contra scandal breaks

Nov 26            Tower commission appointed to study Iran-Contra affair

Dec 02           Address to the Nation on the Iran-Contra Affair

Dec 19           Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh selected

Dec 31           New Year’s Radio Address to the people of the USSR

 

1987

Jan 27            State of the Union Address - “I’m back”

Jan 30            Veto of Water Quality Act

Feb 06            “Up From Dependency” welfare initiative

Feb 17            Competitiveness Initiative launched

Feb 19            Economic sanctions against Poland lifted

Feb 26            Tower Commission reports

Feb 27            Don Regan resigns as Chief of Staff, replaced by Howard Baker

Mar 04            Address to the Nation on the Tower Report

Mar 27            Veto of Highway Bill

Apr 03            Privatization of CONRAIL

Apr 07            Q & A with reporters on security breach at new Moscow Embassy

Apr 10            World Affairs Council Address on possible negotiations breakthrough

May 05           White House Conference on a Drug Free America launched

May 17           USS Stark bombed by Iraq

May 26           William Webster sworn in as Director of CIA

May 29           Russian Gulf Policy outlined

Jun 01             GI Continuation Act signed

Jun 02             P. Volcker resigns, A. Greenspan appointed as Chairman of Federal Reserve Board

Jun 08             G7 Summit in Venice, tariffs on Japan lifted

Jun 12             Visit to Berlin (“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”)

Jun 15             Address to the Nation on arms reduction & the Venice Summit

Jun 26             Supreme Court Justice Powell resigns

Jul 01              Conservative Judge Robert Bork nominated to be Associate Justice to Supreme Court

Jul 03              Economic Bill of Rights launched

Aug 05            Central American Peace Initiative

Aug 11            Alan Greenspan sworn in as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Aug 12            Address to the Nation on Iran-Contra Affair

Sep 15           Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers treaty signed

Sep 16           Bicentennial Celebration of US Constitution

Sep 21           Address to UN on INF Agreement & Iran

Oct 06             Senate Committee rejects Bork

Oct 07             Address to OAS on Central American Peace Initiative

Oct 14             Address to the Nation on Washington Summit

Oct 16             Mrs. Reagan undergoes surgery for breast cancer

Oct 19             Air strike at Iranian oil platform

Oct 19             Stock Market crash

Oct 23             Whole Senate rejects Bork

Oct 29             Douglas Ginsburg nominated to Supreme Court

Oct 30             US-Soviet Summit announced

Nov 02            William Sessions sworn in as head of FBI

Nov 04            Address to Europe via Worldnet on Soviet-US relations

Nov 07            Ginsburg withdraws nomination over marijuana scandal

Nov 11            Anthony Kennedy nominated to Supreme Court

Nov 24            INF Treaty announced in Denver

Dec 08           INF Treaty signed

Dec 10           Address to the Nation on the Washington Summit

 

1988

Jan 01            Address to USSR & Address by Gorbachev to USA

Jan 02            Canada-US Free Trade Agreement signed in Palm Springs

Jan 25            State of the Union Address - “We’re not finished yet,” budget process

Feb 18            Anthony Kennedy sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Feb 29            White House Conference on a Drug Free America

Mar 01            NATO Summit in Brussels

Mar 14            Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis conference on SDI

Mar 17            Deployment of US Forces to Honduras

Apr 18            US Air Strike against Iranian Oil Platforms

Apr 21            World Affairs Council Address on Soviets & Afghanistan, INF

May 03           Briefing on religious freedom in USSR

May 11           Reagan endorses Bush candidacy

May 27           Senate approves INF Treaty

May 31           Address at Moscow State University

Jun 01             Ratification of the INF Treaty at Moscow Summit with Gorbachev

Jun 03             Address to Royal Institute of International Affairs, London

Jun 13             Address to Atlantic Council, preparation for G7 Summit

Jun 19             G7 Summit in Toronto

Jul 01              Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act signed

Jul 03              Iran Air Flight 655 shot down in Persian Gulf by USS Vincennes

Jul 09              Resignation of Attorney General Edwin Meese III announced

Jul 12              Richard L. Thornburgh nominated to be Attorney General

Jul 25              Free Trade Agreement with Canada sent to Congress

Aug 02            HIV Action Plan announced

Aug 03            Veto of National Defense Authorization Act

Aug 10            Japanese-American Internment Compensation Bill Signing

Aug 11            Disaster Assistance Act signed

Aug 12            Richard L. Thornburgh sworn in as Attorney General

Aug 15            Farewell Address at Republican National Convention

Aug 23            Trade & Competitiveness Act signed

Sep 13           Fair Housing Act Amendments signed

Sep 26           Speech to UN General Assembly on disarmament

Sep 28           US-Canada Free Trade Agreement signed

Oct 05             Cornerstone laying ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Museum

Oct 13             Family Support Act signed

Oct 25             Department of Veteran Affairs Act signed

Nov 18            Anti-Drug Abuse Act signed

Nov 21            Ground breaking Ceremony at Reagan Presidential Library

Dec 07           Mini-summit in New York with Gorbachev

Dec 07           Address to American Enterprise Institute

Dec 08           Final Press Conference

Dec 13           Address to administrative officials on domestic policy

Dec 14           Ban on conducting talks with PLO dropped

Dec 16           Address to University of Virginia on foreign policy

 

1989

Jan 01            Address to USSR & Address by Gorbachev to USA

Jan 11            Farewell Address to the Nation

Jan 20            Inauguration of George Bush, return to California

 

 

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