Although Reagan initially denied accusations of this scheme, he later announced that it was a mistake. His second term was sullied to an extent thanks to the Iran-Contra Affair.
LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS Ronald Reagan was the oldest person elected to presidency at 69 years of age. In his youth, Reagan regarded himself as a liberal Democrat, and he even supported President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. Only later in his life (starting in the 1950s) did he become a conservative Republican. President Reagan appointed the first female justice to the United States Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Conor, in 1981. Reagan was a lifeguard during the summertime in his youth. It is estimated that he saved about 77 lives during summertime profession. Reagan is the only president to ever get a divorce (Jane Wyman). Ronald Reagan loved eating jelly beans-- a habit he picked up in 1967 in his attempt to quit pipe smoking. President Reagan hated to eat Brussels sprouts and wasn’t fond of tomatoes, either.
LATER LIFE & DEATH Following the end of his second term in 1989, Ronal Reagan and his wife, Nancy Reagan, returned to Los Angeles, and in 1991, he opened the Ronal Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Many historians attribute the collapse of the U.S.S.R. to Reagan’s policies of the 1980s. In 1994, Reagan revealed to the American public that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2004, Reagan died in his home in Los Angeles at the age of 93. His funeral was held in Washington, D.C., and he was buried on the grounds of his library.
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