Tampico, Illinois (JFK+50) The 40th President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, would have been 103 years old today. He was born here in Tampico on February 6, 1911.
Surviving an assassination attempt early in his 1st term, Reagan was re-elected in 1984 and despite being the "oldest President", he completed two terms of office.
Much like President John F. Kennedy before him, President Reagan helped restore national pride and one of his greatest speeches came at the Berlin Wall where he said..
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
Ronald Reagan entered the motion picture industry when he was signed to a 7 year contract with Warner Brothers in 1937.
He would go on to appear in fifty films in his career and serve as president of the Screen Actors Guild.
Divorced from his 1st wife, Jane Wyman, he married actress Nancy Davis in 1952. She became his closest confidante.
President Reagan died at the age of 93 on June 5, 2004.
REAGAN DOCTRINE ANNOUNCED
President Ronald Reagan announced the Reagan Doctrine on February 6, 1985.
The President said...
"Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few; it is the universal right of all God's children."
The President also said:
"We must stand by our democratic allies. Support for freedom fighters is self-defense."
JFK SPEAKS TO DEMOCRATS
Jamestown, North Dakota (JFK+50) John F. Kennedy, Massachusetts senator and Presidential candidate, spoke 53 years ago today, February 6, 1960, at the Stutsman County Democratic Dinner here in Jamestown.
Senator Kennedy was critical of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's farm program for 1960.
JFK said the program would lower farm prices and that it ignored the plight of the corn farmer who was, in his words, "already suffering".