Reagans moved to a
succession of rural northern
Beginning in 1926, Reagan was employed as a lifeguard at
Reagan received a temporary sports broadcasting job with WOC, a small radio
Reagan enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Private but was soon promoted to 2nd
Lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps of the Cavalry. An agent for Warner
Brothers "discovered" Reagan in
Army Air Force called Reagan to active duty and assigned Lieutenant Reagan to
the 1st Motion Picture Unit in
1945 – 1965 Reagan resumed his acting career after the war. Reagan made fifty-three motion pictures and one television movie.
1948 Reagan supported Harry Truman for President
1949 Reagan and Wyman divorced.
1950 Reagan campaigned for Helen Gahagan Douglas for the Senate.
1952 Reagan campaigned as a Democrat for Eisenhower. Reagan accepted a job as spokesman for the General Electric Company which allowed him to tour the country giving speeches.
1956 Reagan campaigned as a Democrat for Eisenhower.
1960 Reagan campaigned for Richard Nixon for President.
1962 Reagan officially changed his party registration to Republican.
television address for Goldwater, "A Time for Choosing," launched his
political career. A group of
1965 Reagan's autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me? is published.
1966 Reagan defeated incumbent governor Edmund G. ("Pat") Brown in a landslide. His success in the election and as governor made him a leading contender for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1968.
1968 Reagan made a tentative run for the presidency, waiting until the Republican National Convention to announce his candidacy. He later joined in unanimously supporting Richard Nixon.
1970 Reagan is re-elected governor.
1974 For several months after his gubernatorial term ended, Reagan wrote a syndicated newspaper column and provided commentaries on radio stations across the country.