Gov. Brown Declares Ronald Reagan Day for What Would Have Been Former President’s 107th Birthday

Governor of California and future President of the U.S. Ronald Reagan is seen speaking at a lunch in London in 1969. (Credit: Mike Lawn/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Governor of California and future President of the U.S. Ronald Reagan is seen speaking at a lunch in London in 1969. (Credit: Mike Lawn/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared Feb. 6 Ronald Reagan Day in honor of the 107th anniversary of the former U.S. president and governor’s birth.

Brown said Californians should recognize Reagan’s diplomatic achievements with the former Soviet Union and the economic recovery that occurred during his presidency in the 1980s.

“Above all, we remember the man: his irresistible optimism, faith and good humor,” Brown wrote in a proclamation Tuesday. “As a way to honor his memory, I recommend that Californians give as generously as they can to the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute, an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Association.”

Reagan has remained a touchstone for conservatives in California. His former coastal mountain ranch in Santa Barbara, for instance, serves as a training ground for young conservative activists across the country.

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