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Chronology of the Reagan Administration

1979-1980
November 13 - Announcement for Presidential Candidacy
July 16 - Ronald Reagan wins nomination at Republican National Convention
October 28 - Reagan/Carter Presidential Debate
November 4 - Ronald Reagan wins Presidential election in landslide victory (489-49 Electoral College) 

1981
January 20 - Inauguration Day
January 20 - American Hostages in Iran Released
January 22 - Establishment of Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief
January 27 - White House Ceremony for Iran Hostages
January 29 - First Press Conference
February 5 - Address to Nation on the Economy
February 18 - Address to Congress on Economic Recovery Program
February 26 - Initial formation of the Cabinet Councils
March 26 - Signing of  Executive Order 12301 establishing the Presidential Council on Integrity & Efficiency
March 30 - Assassination attempt
April 11 - Release from George Washington Hospital
April 28 - Address to Congress on Economic Recovery Program
May 17 - Honorary Degree from Notre Dame
July 7 - Nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to Supreme Court
July 19-21 - G7 Summit in Ottawa, Canada
July 27 - Address to the Nation on Federal Tax Reduction Legislation
July 29 - Tax cut bill approved by House of Representatives
August 3 - Air traffic controllers strike ultimatum
August 13 - President Reagan signs tax cut bill (ERTA)
September 24 - Address to the Nation on economic recovery & social security
September 25 - Sandra Day O’Connor sworn in as first female Supreme Court Justice
September 29 - World Ban & IMF Address on free enterprise, not aid
October 2 - US Strategic Weapons program announced
October 5 - Voluntarism Initiative launched
October 6 - Assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
October 7 - Fifty States Project for Women launched
October 15 - World Affairs Council Speech on Third World & Free Enterprise
October 18-19 - Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown, with French President Mitterrand
October 21-24 - Cancun Summit on International Cooperation & Development
October 28 - AWACS Sale to Saudi Arabia Approved by Senate
November 10 - David Stockman’s article on Reaganomics released in Atlantic Monthly
November 18 - Arms Reduction Speech to National Press Club
November 23 - First Veto - 1982 Continuing Budget Resolution
December 1 - White House Conference on Aging
December 22 - Meeting with Defected Polish Ambassador Spasowski
December 23 - Address to the Nation on situation in Poland  

1982
January 26 - First State of the Union Address- Social programs transferred to states
February 9 - Indianapolis Speech, one of several launching New Federalism
February 22 - Ceremony on the 250th Anniversary of the birth of George Washington
February 24 - Caribbean Basin Initiative announced at Organization of American States
March 3 - J. Peter Grace named as Chairman of PPSSCC
March 23 - Enterprise Zone Initiative announced
April 14 - Establishment of the Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving
April 15 - Tuition Tax Credit plan announced
April 29 - Address to the Nation on budget & Balanced Budget Amendment
May 9 - 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
June 4-06 - G7 Summit in Versailles
June 8 - First US President to address both Houses of Parliament, UK
June 11 - Visit to West Berlin
June 17 - UN Special Session on Disarmament, “Agenda for Peace” speech
June 25 - Haig resigns as Secretary of State, Shultz appointed
June 30 - Signed Executive Order 12369 establishing Presidents Private Sector Survey on Cost Control (Grace Commission, PPSSCC)
July 16 - George Shultz sworn in as Secretary of State
July 19 - Rally at Capitol for Budget Amendment
August 16 - Address to the Nation on taxes & budget reconciliation
August 20 - Middle East initiative “Fresh Start”
August 25 - US Marine Forces arrive in Beirut, Lebanon
September 1 - Address to the Nation on the Middle East
September 3 - Tax Equity & Fiscal Responsibility Act (ERTA) signed at the Ranch
September 20 - Address to the Nation on formation of multinational force for Lebanon
October 1 - House defeats Budget Amendment
October 12 - Missing Children Act & Victim & Witness Act signed
October 13 - Address to the Nation on the economy
October 14 - Organized Crime & Drug Trafficking Initiatives launched
November 10 - USSR Leader Leonid Brezhnev dies
November 11 - First commercial operations mission of the Space Shuttle
November 12 - Yuri Andropov becomes leader of USSR
November 13 - US Sanctions on Soviet Pipeline lifted
November 17 - Visit to South Florida Task Force on Drugs
November 22 - Address to the Nation on Arms Control & MX bases
November 23 - Highway & Bridge Repair Program proposed, 5 cents gas tax
December 28 - Recommissioning Ceremony for battleship USS New Jersey 

1983
January 3 - Commission on Strategic Forces created
January 6 - Surface Transportation Assistance Act signed
January 7 - Nuclear Waste Policy Act signed
January 11 - Crop Swap Program announced in Texas
January 24 - Native American Policy announced
January 25 - State of the Union Address - Federal spending freeze
March 8 - Address to National Association of Evangelicals (the “Evil Empire” speech)
March 10 - Address on Central America, El Salvador
March 23 - Address to the Nation on National Security and Strategic Defense Initiative
March 31 - World Affairs Council Address on defense matters
April 18 - Bombing of US Embassy in Beirut, 32 killed
April 20 - Social Security Amendments signed
April 27 - Address to Congress on El Salvador
April 30 - Address to the Nation on education
May 28-31 - G7 Summit in Williamsburg
June 3 - Excellence in Education Campaign
July 18 - Commission on Central America created, headed by Kissinger
July 19 - Captive Nations Week designated
July 28 - Commission on Organized Crime created
August 14 - US-Mexico Agreement on the environment in the border area
September 1 - Soviet attack on Korean airliner KAL 007 kills 269
September 5 - Address to the Nation on KAL 007
September 7 - Adult Literacy Initiative announced
September 24 - Address to the Nation via Voice of America (VOA) setting long term framework for negotiation with USSR
September 26 - Address to UN General Assembly on USSR
October 5 - Caribbean Basin Initiative launch ceremony
October 5 - Job Training Partnership Program launched
October 17 - Re-election campaign committee formed on exploratory basis
October 23 - Bombing of US Marine barracks, Beirut
October 25 - Invasion of Grenada
October 27 - Address to the Nation on Lebanon & Grenada
November 2 - Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday signing ceremony
November 11 - Address to Japanese Diet on trade policy
December 4 - Air Strike on Syrian installations in Lebanon  

1984
January 16 - Address to the Nation on US/Soviet Relations
January 16 - Grace Commission findings on pay announced
January 25 - State of the Union Address - America is back with four great goals
January 29 - Candidacy for re-election announced
February 3 - Kissinger’s report on Central America received
February 9 - USSR leader Andropov dies
February 13 - Konstantin Chernenko becomes leader of USSR
April 26 - Arrival in Beijing, China
April 30 - Nuclear agreement with China
May 9 - Address to the Nation on Central America
May 14 - Drunk Driving Campaign address with Michael Jackson
May 24 - Remarks Honoring the Vietnam Wars Unknown Soldier
June 4 - Speech to Irish Parliament
June 6 - Speeches on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day
June 7-9 - G7 Summit in London
July 17 - Minimum Drinking Age Bill signed
July 18 - Deficit Reduction Bill signed
August 23 - Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention, Dallas, Texas
October 7 - First Reagan/Mondale Presidential Debate (Domestic Issues)
October 12 - Whistlestop Presidential Campaign Tour of Ohio
October 21 - Second Reagan/Mondale Presidential Debate (Foreign Policy)
October 30 - Assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India
November 6 - President Reagan wins landslide victory (525-13 in Electoral College)

1985
January 5 - Nomination of Edwin Meese III to be Attorney General
January 8 - Don Regan appointed Chief of Staff, Jim Baker III nominated as Secretary of Treasury
January 20 - Inaugural Day - White House Ceremony
January 21 - Public Inauguration Ceremonies at U.S. Capitol
February 6 - State of the Union Address - American Revolution II
February 25 - Edwin Meese III sworn in as Attorney General
March 10 - USSR leader Konstantin Chernenko dies
March 11 - Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader of USSR
March 19 - Senate vote to approve MX missiles
March 25 - Youth Employment Opportunity Wage Initiative launched
April 4 - Nicaraguan Peace Plan announced
April 11 - Establishment of Domestic Policy Council & Economic Policy Council
April 24 - Address to the Nation  on federal budget & deficit reduction
May 4 - G7 Summit in Bonn, Germany
May 5 - Speeches at Bergen-Belsen and Bitburg Air Force Base
May 8 - Address to European Parliament on Soviet arms
May 20 - Summer Jobs  for Youth Program launched
May 28 - Address to the Nation on tax reform
June 12 - House approves US assistance to Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance
June 14 - TWA Flight 847 hijacked
June 20 - Medal of Freedom awarded to Mother Teresa
June 30 - Address to the Nation on Release of the TWA hostages
July 8 - Address at the American Bar Association Convention on Terrorism
July 13 - President Reagan undergoes surgery for colon cancer
September 9 - Economic sanctions against South Africa
October 7 - Achille Lauro hijacked
October 24 - Speech at UN 40th Anniversary on “Fresh Start” with Soviets
October 31 - New US proposal on arms reduction announced
November 14 - Address to the Nation & USSR, via VOA, on US-Soviet Geneva Summit
November 16 - Start of Geneva Summit with Gorbachev
November 21 - Address to Congress on Geneva Summit’s “Fresh Start”
December 1 - All-Star tribute to Dutch Reagan
December 12 - 248 US soldiers killed in plane crash in Newfoundland
December 12 - Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act signed
December 19 - Domestic & Economic Policy Councils briefed on AIDS programs 

1986
January 1 - Address to USSR & Address by Gorbachev to USA
January 7 - Economic Sanctions imposed on Libya
January 28 - Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion
February 3 - Commission on Challenger Disaster formed
February 4 - State of the Union Address - Welfare plan
February 25 - US recognizes Aquino government of Philippines
February 26 - Address to the Nation on National Security
February 28 - Packard Commission Report on defense management
March 16 - Address to the Nation on Nicaragua
April 14 - Libyan Air Strike
April 25 - Nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl
May 2 - G7 Summit in Japan
May 25 - Hands Across America Day
June 9 - Rogers Commission on Challenger Disaster recommendations
June 17 - Resignation of Warren Burger from Supreme Court, nomination of W. Rehnquist for Chief Justice, nomination of A. Scalia
June 24 - Address to the Nation on aid to Contras
July 3 - Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration
July 22 - World Affairs Council Address on South Africa
September 14 - Address to the Nation with Mrs. Reagan, on Drugs
September 22 - Address to UN on arms reduction progress
September 26 - Rehnquist & Scalia sworn in as Chief Justice and Justice of the Supreme Court
October 11 - Reykjavik Summit begins
October 22 - Tax Reform Bill signed
November 2 - Release of Hostage David Jacobsen from Beirut
November 4 - Democrats win control of Senate 55-45
November 6 - Immigration Reform & Control Act signed
November 13 - Address to the Nation on Iran arms & Contra aid controversy
November 25 - Iran-Contra scandal breaks
November 26 - Tower commission appointed to study Iran-Contra affair
December 2 - Address to the Nation on the Iran-Contra Affair
December 19 - Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh selected
December 31 - New Year’s Radio Address to the people of the USSR  

1987
January 27 - State of the Union Address - “I’m back”
January 30 - Veto of Water Quality Act
February 6 - “Up From Dependency” welfare initiative
February 17 - Competitiveness Initiative launched
February 19 - Economic sanctions against Poland lifted
February 26 - Tower Commission reports
February 27 - Don Regan resigns as Chief of Staff, replaced by Howard Baker
March 4 - Address to the Nation on the Tower Report
March 27 - Veto of Highway Bill
April 3 - Privatization of CONRAIL
April 7 - Q & A with reporters on security breach at new Moscow Embassy
April 10 - World Affairs Council Address on possible negotiations breakthrough
May 5 - 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
June 1 - GI Continuation Act signed
June 2 - P. Volcker resigns, A. Greenspan appointed as Chairman of Federal Reserve Board
June 8 - G7 Summit in Venice, tariffs on Japan lifted
June 12 - Visit to Berlin (“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”)
June 15 - Address to the Nation on arms reduction & the Venice Summit
June 26 - Supreme Court Justice Powell resigns
July 1 - Conservative Judge Robert Bork nominated to be Associate Justice to Supreme Court
July 3 - Economic Bill of Rights launched
August 5 - Central American Peace Initiative
August 11 - Alan Greenspan sworn in as Chairman of the Federal Reserve
August 12 - Address to the Nation on Iran-Contra Affair
September 15 - Nuclear Risk Reduction Centers treaty signed
September 16 - Bicentennial Celebration of US Constitution
September 21 - Address to UN on INF Agreement & Iran
October 6 - Senate Committee rejects Bork
October 7 - Address to OAS on Central American Peace Initiative
October 14 - Address to the Nation on Washington Summit
October 16 - Mrs. Reagan undergoes surgery for breast cancer
October 19 - Air strike at Iranian oil platform
October 19 - Stock Market crash
October 23 - Whole Senate rejects Bork
October 29 - Douglas Ginsburg nominated to Supreme Court
October 30 - US-Soviet Summit announced
November 2 - William Sessions sworn in as head of FBI
November 4 - Address to Europe via Worldnet on Soviet-US relations
November 7 - Ginsburg withdraws nomination over marijuana scandal
November 11 - Anthony Kennedy nominated to Supreme Court
November 24 - INF Treaty announced in Denver
December 8 - INF Treaty signed
December 10 - Address to the Nation on the Washington Summit  

1988
January 1 - Address to USSR & Address by Gorbachev to USA
January 2 - Canada-US Free Trade Agreement signed in Palm Springs
January 25 - State of the Union Address - “We’re not finished yet,” budget process
February 18 - Anthony Kennedy sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
February 29 - White House Conference on a Drug Free America
March 1 - NATO Summit in Brussels
March 14 - Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis conference on SDI
March 17 - Deployment of US Forces to Honduras
April 18 - US Air Strike against Iranian Oil Platforms
April 21 - World Affairs Council Address on Soviets & Afghanistan, INF
May 3 - 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
June 1 - Ratification of the INF Treaty at Moscow Summit with Gorbachev
June 3 - Address to Royal Institute of International Affairs, London
June 13 - Address to Atlantic Council, preparation for G7 Summit
June 19 - G7 Summit in Toronto
July 1 - Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act signed
July 3 - Iran Air Flight 655 shot down in Persian Gulf by USS Vincennes
July 9 - Resignation of Attorney General Edwin Meese III announced
July 12 - Richard L. Thornburgh nominated to be Attorney General
July 25 - Free Trade Agreement with Canada sent to Congress
August 2 - HIV Action Plan announced
August 3 - Veto of National Defense Authorization Act
August 10 - Japanese-American Internment Compensation Bill Signing
August 11 - Disaster Assistance Act signed
August 12 - Richard L. Thornburgh sworn in as Attorney General
August 15 - Farewell Address at Republican National Convention
August 23 - Trade & Competitiveness Act signed
September 13 - Fair Housing Act Amendments signed
September 26 - Speech to UN General Assembly on disarmament
September 28 - US-Canada Free Trade Agreement signed
October 5 - Cornerstone laying ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Museum
October 13 - Family Support Act signed
October 25 - Department of Veteran Affairs Act signed
November 18 - Anti-Drug Abuse Act signed
November 21 - Ground breaking Ceremony at Reagan Presidential Library
December 7 - Mini-summit in New York with Gorbachev
December 7 - Address to American Enterprise Institute
December 8 - Final Press Conference
December 13 - Address to administrative officials on domestic policy
December 14 - Ban on conducting talks with PLO dropped
December 16 - Address to University of Virginia on foreign policy 

1989
January 1 - Address to USSR & Address by Gorbachev to USA
January 11 - Farewell Address to the Nation
January 20 - Inauguration of George Bush, return to California