Ronald Reagan was a fervent anti-communist who, once elected, immediately increased military spending, calling the Soviet Union a "Evil empire". Reagan initiated a defensive anti-missile system in space, the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) , aimed at neutralizing incoming Soviet missiles. The technology needed had not yet been developed. Reagan’s SDI program and his aggressiveness shocked the Soviet Union who were unable to economically match the US in Reagan’s rapid escalation of the arms race. The cost of being a superpower was crippling for the Soviet Union-commitment to conventional and nuclear arms, the funding of communist regimes elsewhere in the world, and the costly and unpopular war in Afghanistan were all taking it's toll on Soviet Union, ultimately ending the Cold War in 1991.
Ronald Reagan's biggest achievements during his 8 years as president (1981-1989). The Cold War was at it's peak during the time of his presidential terms.
Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th president of the United States of America, being first elected in 1980. Reagan also continued that President Nixon had created in 1971.
Ronald Reagan's presidential acceptance in 1980. He talked about his plan to increase military spending and goal to eliminate discrimination against women.
Washington, March 30, 1981 President Reagan was shot in the chest by a gunman, apparently acting alone, as Reagan walked to his limousine after addressing a labor meeting.
Ronald Reagan started his career as an actor, acting in dozens of movies and became a celebratory figure which helped him when he ran for president. The most popular of his movies is most likely King's Row.