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Ronald Reagan Birthday: Facts That May Surprise You About The Former President (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 02/06/11 10:10 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

With the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, buzz is swirling about the legacy left by the conservative icon and former film star. Below, a slideshow highlighting nine things you may not know about the former president.

(Click here for a rundown on some of the most memorable quotes spoken by the 40th president of the United States.)

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Ronald Reagan did not enter the world of politics until the age of 50 years old, and his first campaign was for governor of California in 1966. He was wildly popular in his home state and on election day emerged triumphant over Democrat Edmund "Pat" Brown by a margin of nearly one million votes.
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