Contrary to the publicized image of the upbeat patient joking with surgeons, Ronald Reagan lost half his blood and came within seconds of dying in 1981 when he was gunned down. His true condition was concealed from the public for nearly 30 years. npr.org/2020/10/05/920020…
Tom Clancy wrote his 1st book 'The Hunt for Red October' in 1982 and hoped to sell 5,000 copies but ended up selling 45,000 copies. The book received praised from Ronald Reagan leading to a further 300,000 hardcover & 2 million paperback copies sold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
John Hinckley Jr's motive for attempting to assassinate Ronald Reagan was to try and woo Jodie Foster, emulating Robert De Niro's character from the film Taxi Driver en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
ALF was Ronald Reagan’s favorite show mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Ronald McDonald isn’t allowed to tell children where the hamburgers really come from, β€œif they asked where the food came from [we were told to say] that the hamburgers grow in a patch with the French fries next to them” mcspotlight.org/people/in…
In 1985, while taking a break from the Geneva Summit, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to ally with one another if aliens attacked smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Ronald Reagan holds the record for both the coldest Inauguration (7 degrees) and the record for the warmest Inaguration (55 degrees) weather.gov/lwx/events_In…
Two years before James Brady was seriously wounded during the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, he served as a press secretary to John Connally, who was seriously wounded during the assassination of John F. Kennedy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Ronald Reagan won 49 states and 525 electoral votes in the 1984 presidential election which is the most in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Ronald Reagan was an announcer for the Chicago Cubs in the 1930s until he landed a 7-year movie contract after taking a screen test while traveling with the Cubs in California in 1937 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Arthur Bremers attempted assassination of presidential candidate George Wallace served as the inspiration for the character Travis Bickle in the movie Taxi Driver. Inspired by the film, John Hinkley then attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
One of the few cases of a child actually dying from intentionally poisoned Halloween candy was Timothy O'Bryan. The Culprit had been his own father Ronald, who had laced his pixy sticks with cyanide to claim his life insurance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
In 1981 Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers history.com/this-day-in-h…
I 1984, a boy wrote a letter to Ronald Reagan asking for federal funds to clean his bedroom after his mother called it a"disaster area". lettersofnote.com/2012/06…
Will Ferrell once signed on to play Ronald Reagan in a film that focused on Reagan succumbing to Alzheimer’s-induced dementia while in office. He dropped out after outcry from Reagans family and the Alzheimer's Associaton, and the project died variety.com/2016/film/new…
Ronald McDonald received the Golden Raspberry for Worst New Star for 'Mac and Me'. mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Ronald Reagan would write personal checks to individuals with financial struggles. He was known to drop $4,000 or $5,000 checks into the mail for certain people. He was also known to call upon the Air Force to aid in the transport of children who were experiencing medical emergencies. goliath.com/random/15-thi…
John Hinckley Jr. the man who tried to assassinate Ronald Regan was basically released from the mental hospital last year having been classified as in complete remission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Every then-living ex-President of the United States - Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan - was offered a guest role in The Simpsons episode Krusty Gets Kancelled. Only Ronald Reagan responded to the offer, politely declining. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kru…
In 1987, a sitting member of Ronald Reagan's cabinet, Commerce Secretary William Baldrige, died in a tragic rodeo accident when his horse fell on him and the saddle drove his belt buckle into his spine latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned of the Strategic Defense Initiative, which was an anti-ballistic missile program, launched by Ronald Reagan in the 80's, that was intended to use lasers and satellites to shoot down nuclear missiles in space. Because of this, the program was commonly referred to as "Star Wars". atomicheritage.org/histor…
In the 1980 Presidential election Ronald Reagan almost picked former President Gerald Ford as his running mate. Reagan eventually gave up on the idea when Ford insisted on having more power as a β€œco-President” nymag.com/intelligencer/a…
Today I learned about John Hinckley Jr. , the man who attempted to assassinate Past President Ronald Reagan to win the heart of actress Jodie Foster. He was found not guilty and was sentenced to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, a psychiatry facility in Washington, D.C. biography.com/news/ronald…
The movie The Exorcist is based on the real-life exorcism of Mt Rainier schoolboy Ronald Hunkeler. In 1949, the 'troubled' boy was exorcised by a group of Catholic Priests in mysterious circumstances. He went on to work for NASA and very little is known of his life after the event vt.co/entertainment/film-…
Ronald Reagan was struck by a bullet after it ricocheted off of his vehicle's bulletproof armor plating. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
During the Tower Commission testimony Ronald Reagan had a piece of instruction written for him by one of his aides. However, the president actually read the instruction aloud, saying that "If the question comes up at the Tower Board meeting, you might want to say that you were surprised.”. dailyhowler.com/dh061004.…
Ronald Reagan's would-be assassin, John Hinckley Jr., carried out the attack because he wanted to impress actress Jodie Foster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
In 2005 war games, a Swedish submarine called HSMS Gotland was able to sneak through the sonar defenses of the US Navy Aircraft Carrier Ronald Reagan and its entire accompanying group, and (virtually)sank the US Aircraft carrier on its own and still got away without getting detected. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Ronald Townson of the music group The Fifth Dimension, started his singing career at the age of 6, singing professionally with church and other choirs. He worked his way through college actually directing two choirs and organized a new one after he graduated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Ronald McDonald was one of the main characters in earlier script drafts of "Mac and Me" yahoo.com/entertainment/m…
The Guatemalan government carried out a genocide in the 1980's known as the Silent Holocaust against the Mayan people. Throughout it, the US government under Ronald Reagan gave Guatemala military aid, helping the genocidaires commit their atrocities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
American long-distance open-water swimmer Lynne Cox is known for being the first person to swim the 2.5 miles between the United States and the Soviet Union, via the Bering Strait. She was jointly congratulated by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
There was a pedophile named Ronald McDonald who volunteered as Santa at children's hospitals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Today I learned of 'Code of the Secret Service', a movie which lead actor Ronald Reagan called "the worst picture I ever made." The film inspired a man named Jerry Parr to join the Secret Service, who in 1981, saved President Ronald Reagan from an assassination attempt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
The only known albino gorilla was found in Spanish Guinea and was later moved to Barcelona zoo. He was named "Snowflake" and supplied the nickname for Ronald Koeman when he was a Barcelona player. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
Later in life an Alzheimer stricken Ronald Reagan would rake leaves from his pool for hours, not realizing they were being replenished by his Secret Service agents news.minnesota.publicradi…
President Ronald Reagan wrote in his diary that the 1983 film The Day After "left me greatly depressed" and that it changed his mind on the policy on nuclear war. Reagan's memoirs drew a direct line from the film to his signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Beatles song, "Come Together" was inspired by a request from Timothy Leary to write a song for his campaign for governor of California against Ronald Reagan, which promptly ended when Leary was sent to prison for possession of marijuana en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The death of James Brady, White House Press Secretary under Ronald Reagan, was ruled a homicide caused by a 33-year old gunshot wound to the head en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The same company that made the Rugrats and Wild Thornberrys (Klasky Csupo) were hired by the McDonald’s Co. to make a 6 episode animated series called β€œThe Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
According to secret service agents, Ronald Reagan carried a pistol in his briefcase when he was president, "just in case you guys can’t do the job, I can help out". Reagan acquired a pocket sized pistol after college in the 1930s "and kept it lovingly the rest of his life”. time.com/3923183/ronald-r…
In 1961 Ronald Reagan released a spoken-word album warning against socialized medicine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
In 1981, Ronald Reagan fired 11,345 air traffic controllers after they refused to end their strike and subsequently banned them from federal service for life en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The Beatles created "Come Together" as Timothy Leary's campaign song when he ran for Governor of California against Ronald Reagan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Today I learned of Ronald Alexander, who appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to accept a $500,000 donation from Lowes for his crumbling elementary school in Detroit. Months later he and 12 other principals were convicted of taking $900,000 in bribes from a school supply scam. foxnews.com/us/2016/03/30…
The guy who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan has been freed from psychiatric care since mid-2016 (John Hinckley Jr.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of Ronald Harris, a programmer who modified slot machine codes in Las Vegas and earned millions of dollars, but was caught after breaking Keno game in Atlantic City en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
It was not until 1985 that president Ronald Reagan publicly "uttered" the word β€œAIDS”. nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-o…
A TV movie about nuclear war called The Day After (1983), starring Steve Guttenberg and Jon Lithgow, may have prevented nuclear war. When Ronald Reagan wrote about it he said it left him "greatly depressed". This lead to the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
On his 82nd birthday party in 1993, Ronald Reagan, to everyone's surprise, toasted Margaret Thatcher twice using identical words and gestures. He was then diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the next year newsweek.com/edmund-morri…

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