Whether you love or hate Ronald Reagan, he was an interesting president, to say the least. Learn more about the man who made this country what it is today.

He Never Gave Up. Although many of us would like to believe it was simple for Reagan to gain presidency, it actually took multiple tries. The third time proved to be the charm in his case because he finally dominated the election over Jimmy Carter in 1980.

The Spokesman at GEC. For a brief period of his life, Reagan worked as a spokesman for the General Electric company. In fact, this was when his idea to get started in politics first sparked.

Ronald Reagan was the FBI Informer

During the days of the Hollywood Red Scare, Reagan actively partook in the politics of the film industry. One to be at the forefront of progress, he held the title of chairman within the Screen Actors Guild. In 1947, he was a sort of snitch for the FBI and transferred the names of possible leads for Communist members or sympathizers. Since this cooperation, the FBI took an interest in Reagan’s career and personal safety. They even went so far as to warn Reagan that his son had accidentally befriended a dangerous mafia boss.

A Strange Love Interest. When Shirley Temple was attempting to recreate her career as an adult actress, she worked on a movie with Reagan in which the two had to do an on-screen kiss. Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t very successful, but 19-year-old little Shirley claimed that the 36-year-old Reagan was one of the best on-screen kissers that she had ever experienced.

The Tax Game. Ronald Reagan is known for a wide array of the actions he took while in office, but the most notable effects of his presidency were on taxes. This president holds the title of not only the biggest tax-cutter in American history but also the title of biggest peacetime tax-increaser. He tried to stick up for the working man, however, he was forced to legislation in retrospect of the increasing deficit.

Ronald Reagan Opens the Olympics

As the Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles in 1984, President Reagan made American history. That year, he became the first American President in all of history to open the Olympic games.

The Almost-Assassination. Unless you lived through the presidency of Ronald Reagan, you probably don’t know much about the potential assassination of our 40th president. Shortly after his inauguration, Reagan was shot. He was said to have been frighteningly close to death from his wounds but pulled through after surgery. He survived the assassination attempt and was the first president ever to do so.

Reagan – Dutch? Before he was fortunate enough to glean the nickname Gipper, Reagan had a much less favorable nickname from his childhood. Just a young boy at the time, his father would tell him that he had a “fat, Dutchman-like appearance” and the haircut to match. Throughout his childhood, the nickname “Dutch” really stuck.

The Only Divorcee

As unlikely as it may seem, Ronald Reagan is the only president in American history that has ever been divorced. He met his first wife, Jane Wyman in the 1938 filming of Brother Rat. They married young in 1938, but broke it off and had it finalized by 1949.

Star Wars. Citizens of the 70s could probably tell you that the movie Star Wars wasn’t exactly expected to be such the huge box office hit that it turned out to be. Similarly, Reagan’s introduction of the SDI system (Strategic Defense Initiative) also received quite a bit of criticism. The initiative involved a system of collaboration between both air and land forces to protect from nuclear attacks and became ultimately successful. Because of this unexpected turnout, the SDI was nicknamed Star Wars.

The Sportscaster. Before Reagan’s days in General Electric and politics, he began his working life early with a job as a sportscaster. He got the job after he graduated in 1932, as the announcer for the home games for the University of Iowa. His options grew with success and later moved on to become an announcer for the Chicago Cubs.