1981: Ronald Reagan became President Reagan

On this day in 1981, Ronald Reagan became the 40th president of the US. He succeeded President Carter who served one term. It was an exciting moment for many of us.  

Do you remember what you were doing that sunny January day in 1981?

I was on an early career business trip driving some colleagues between Saltillo and Monterrey in the north of Mexico. It was an isolated road but ideal for picking up the ceremony and speech over WOAI-AM of San Antonio, Texas. It came in clearly on our car radio! Later, we got to the hotel in Saltillo and heard that the Iran hostages had been released.

It was a fun moment all around, from the new president to the release of the hostages.

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