OBITUARY: Ronald Wilson Reagan

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OBITUARY: Ronald Wilson Reagan


RONALD Reagan, theBmovie star who became the 40th President of the United States, was the only professional actor ever to have reached the White House.

Throughout his two terms, from 1981 to1989,Reagan's brand of Republican conviction politics ensured a firm and enduring friendship with Margaret Thatcher,and the US-UnitedKingdom special relationship was never closer than during those years.

Soviet-US relations were in a parlous state,especially as Reagan had referred to Russia as an ``empire of evil''.And at one point,Reagan became known -largely because of his movie career, decades earlier -as the ``cowboy president'' eager for a showdown with the Kremlin.

His worst moment was on March 30,1981, when,at the age of 70,he was shot in an assassination attempt by a young drifter,John Hinckley.

Ronald Wilson Reagan was born in a rented apartment above a bakery in Tampico,Illinois,on February 6,1911. His father,an itinerant salesman and a heavy drinker, took one look at his bawling child and said: ``For such a little bit of a fat Dutchman,he makes a hell of a lot of noise.''

The nickname ``Dutch'' stuck. …

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