Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, National Archives and Records Administration

CHRONOLOGY OF RONALD REAGANs 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 OConnor 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 OConnor 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 Stockmans 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 Kissingers 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 Summits 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 Years Radio Address to the people of the USSR

1987

Jan 27 State of the Union Address - Im 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 - Were 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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