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The Reagan Years: 1981-1989
We look back at some of the big and small moments during Ronald Reagan's presidency.

Reagan Sworn In

Jan. 20, 1981:  Ronald Reagan is sworn in as 40th president of the United States.
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Reagan's Inauguration Speech

Jan. 20, 1981:  Ronald Reagan gives his first inaugural address, in which he spoke about the country's economic crisis. "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem," President Reagan said. Click here for a transcript of the speech. Also during the inauguration speech, 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days were set free.

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Getting a Haircut

Jan. 23, 1981: President Reagan gets a haircut from Milton Pitts in the West Wing Barber Shop.

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Oval Office

Jan. 26: 1981: President Reagan eats lunch at his desk in the oval office.

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At the White House

March 6, 1981: President Reagan walks along the White House colonnade.

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Attempted Assassination of Reagan

March 30, 1981: John Hinckley Jr. shot President Reagan and three others are wounded, including press secretary James Brady
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Attempted Assassination of Reagan

March 30, 1981: The bullet pierced Reagan's left lung, and he was rushed to George Washington University Hospital for emergency surgery. Brady ended up paralyzed. Hinckley remains in a mental institution after being found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Reagan Doodle

July 29, 1981: President Reagan holds up one of his "doodles" to the press in the oval office.

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Ready to Meet

Oct. 8, 1981: President Reagan awaits the meeting with former Presidents at the White House ground floor corridor.

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Reagan's First State of the Union

Jan. 26, 1982: President Reagan makes a point during the first State of the Union speech of his presidency before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. After Republican setbacks in the 1982 House elections, Reagan went to Congress with a message that echoes now: "The problems we inherited were far worse than ... expected; the recession was deeper ... than predicted."

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Happy Birthday

Feb. 5, 1982: President Reagan blows out candles on his birthday cake in the Oval Office.

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In Minnesota

Feb. 8, 1982: President Reagan speaks at a rally for Sen. Durenberger in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Sharing a Laugh

Sept. 29, 1982: President Reagan laughs with William Wilson, Walter Annenberg, William French Smith, and Charles Wick during a private dinner in the Yellow Oval Room.

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Reagan in Texas

Oct. 11: 1982: President Reagan at a rally for Texas Republican Candidates in Irving, Texas.

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Reagan's Star Wars Defense

March 23, 1983: President Reagan proposes the Strategic Defense Initiative, commonly referred to as Star Wars. The plan was to use ground-based and space-based systems to protect the U.S. from attack by strategic nuclear missiles.
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With the Air Force

May 30, 1984: President Reagan salutes an Air Force cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy Commencement in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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A Trip with Lucky on Marine One

Nov. 1, 1985: President Reagan aboard the helicopter with his dog "Lucky" on his lap. 
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Handshake Seen Around the World

Nov. 19, 1985: President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev greet each other in Switzerland. It was the first meeting between U.S. and U.S.S.R. heads of state in six years.

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Reagan's First Meeting With Gorbachev

Nov. 19, 1985: President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev begin talks in Switzerland. The two talked about reducing nuclear arsenals in their respective countries.

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Reagan's First Meeting With Gorbachev

Nov. 19, 1985: President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev begin talks in Switzerland. The two talked about reducing nuclear arsenals in their respective countries.

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Ready to Fly

Aug. 29, 1986: President Reagan throws paper airplane off the balcony at Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, Calif.

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Reagan: 'Tear Down This Wall'

June 12, 1987: President Reagan acknowledges the crowd after his speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, where he said "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

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Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Signed

Dec. 8, 1987: President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty at the White House.

Reagan's Relationship With Gorbachev

Dec. 8, 1987: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is with President Reagan at the White House to sign the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

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Oval Office

July 13, 1988: President Reagan working at his desk in the oval office.

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Saying Goodbye

Jan. 20, 1989: President Reagan salutes as he boards the helicopter at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., on his last day as president.

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The Reagan Years: 1981-1989

We look back at some of the big and small moments during Ronald Reagan's presidency.

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