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Former President Ronald Reagan celebrates with his wife, Nancy, at their Bel-Air home in Los Angeles on Feb. 6, 2000, Reagan's 89th birthday. Reagan died four years later of pneumonia, a common Alzheimer's disease complication. (Associated Press)

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President Reagan announces the resignation of Chief Justice Warren E. Burger (right) during a briefing at the White House on June 17, 1986. Reagan said he would nominate Justice William H. Rehnquist (second from right) to the post of chief justice and Antonin Scalia (left) as a member of the Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

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House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr. (right) leans forward to ask President Reagan a question during the Social Security bill-signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on April 20, 1983, as various political figures look on. (Associated Press)

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Flanked by physicist Edward Teller (left) and Lt. Gen. James A. Abrahamson, director of the Strategic Defense Initiative, President Reagan arrives to address a conference marking the first five years of the SDI program on March 14, 1988, in Washington. (Associated Press)

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President Reagan is flanked by West German Parliament President Philipp Jenninger (left) and Chancellor Helmut Kohl at West Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, where he said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" (Associated Press)

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Ronald and Nancy Reagan were deeply affectionate, close friends say. (The Washington Times)

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In this Sept. 20, 1976 photo, Ronald Reagan is seen at a Hollywood sound studio as he began the taping of a new nationwide commentary program. (Associated Press)

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Among displays at the museum are a 1983 Cadillac presidential parade limousine that joined Reagan's motorcade in 1984, the real Air Force One and a bronze bust featuring his famous smile. (Garrett Cheen/Special to The Washington Times)

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This 1983 Cadillac presidential parade limousine joined Reagan's motorcade in January of 1984. (Garrett Cheen/Special to The Washington Times)

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Sen. Jim Webb, who was secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration, is among organizers of a Senate commemoration of Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday.

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Illustration: Ronald Reagan

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On the presidential campaign trail in Anderson, S.C., on Feb. 6, 1980, Ronald Reagan marks his 69th birthday, pulling up a chunk of the cake along with the candle, as wife Nancy looks on. Festivities will mark his birth centennial this week. (Associated Press)

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The media have been using the term "Reaganesque" more lately with the approaching centennial of the birth of former President Ronald Reagan.

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** FILE ** In this July 27, 2004, file photo, Ron Reagan, son former President Ronald Reagan, talks about stem cell research to the delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Ronald Reagan's son suggests in a new book that his father suffered from the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease while he was still in the White House, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Supervisory Archivist Michael Duggan gestures at the National Archives, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, during a press preview of rarely displayed original documents and artifacts in recognition of the Ronald Reagan Centennial. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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A detail of a bronze cast of the Moscow Kremlin, given to President Ronald Reagan by Mikhail Gorbachev following Reagan's visit to the Soviet Union in 1988, is seen at the National Archives, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, during a press preview of rarely displayed original documents and artifacts in recognition of the Ronald Reagan Centennial. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Lacquerware has been produced in Russia since 1721, and often portrays fairy tales or folk scenes. It is hand-painted and covered with as many as 10 coats of lacquer, then polished to a brilliant shine. This box was a gift to Ronald Reagan from Yuri Dubinin, the ambassador of the Soviet Union in 1987. Photo: National Archives, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library archivist Michael Duggan displays original documents and artifacts Wednesday to be shown at the National Archives starting Friday. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** President Ronald Reagan has a word in the ear of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at a reception given by the British government at London's St. James's Palace for leaders attending an economic conference in 1984. (AP Photo, File)

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Although this preliminary design shows a 44-cent value, the 2011 Reagan birth centennial postage stamp will bear a "forever" inscription when issued on Feb. 10, 2011. The stamp will always be valid for mailing a 1-ounce first-class letter, the U.S. Postal Service said. (Photo copyright 2010, U.S. Postal Service)