Ronald Wilson Reagan was the fortieth President of the United States of America and he held office between 1981 and 1989. Ronald Reagan was born in 1911 and first began work as a radio broadcaster before becoming a successful actor in films and television, appearing in over 50 movies and becoming a well-known public figure prior to his involvement in politics.
In 1967 he was elected the 33rd Governor of California, a role later filled by another movie actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and in the 1980 presidential elections, he defeated incumbent Jimmy Carter taking office on 20th January 1981 as the new President of the United States.
As President of the USA, Ronald Reagan introduced some dramatic new political and economic initiatives which included the reduction of taxes to promote economic growth, reduction of government spending and deregulation of the economy.
However, after only 69 days as President, Reagan was very nearly killed in an assassination attempt that left Reagan, his press secretary James Brady, Police Officer Thomas Delahanty and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy seriously injured. Miraculously Reagan survived the near fatal incident, as did all his colleagues, and he came to believe that God had spared his life so that he might go on to fulfil a greater purpose.
As it turns out, the incident had a great influence on Reagan’s popularity polls which peaked at 73% after the shooting and he went on to complete two terms in office.