Jimmy Carter

39th US President Jimmy Carter

Full Name: James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr.
Profession: 39th US President

United States of America

Political Party: Democratic Democratic Party
Political Titles: Governor of Georgia

Presidential Term: January 20, 1977 - January 20, 1981
Preceded By: Gerald Ford
Succeeded By: Ronald Reagan

Biography: Previously the Governor of Georgia, Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the 1976 presidential election.

During his term in office he pardoned all evaders of the Vietnam War draft and created two new cabinet-level departments, the Department of Energy and the Department of Education. He established national energy policy which included conservation, price controls and new technology.

In foreign policy Carter secured the Camp David Accords which established peace between Israel and Egypt and conducted arms limitation negotiations with the Soviet Union. Carter lost re-election after the economy entered a state of persistent "stagflation" and an energy crisis caused severe shortages at home. The last period of his presidency was marked by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Three Mile Island crisis and the Iran hostage crisis.

Carter has had the longest presidential retirement of any president. In 2002 he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Carter Center.

Born: October 1, 1924
Birthplace: Plains, Georgia, USA
Age: 98 years old

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Libra

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Married Life

  • 1946-07-07 Naval cadet and future 39th US President Jimmy Carter (21) weds Rosalynn Smith (18) in Plains, Georgia

Historical Events

  • 1974-12-12 50‐year‐old Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter announces his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President
  • 1976-07-14 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates former Georgia governor Jimmy Carter for president and US Senator Walter Mondale, from Minnesota, for vice president
  • 1976-09-20 Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview which includes the quote “I’ve looked on a lot of women with lust."
  • 1976-09-23 US televised presidential debate between Republican incumbent Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter
  • 1976-09-24 Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sentenced to 7 years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. Released after 22 months by US President Jimmy Carter
  • 1976-11-02 Democrat candidate Jimmy Carter is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Republican President Gerald Ford; Walter Mondale elected vice president
  • 1977-01-21 US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders
  • 1977-02-24 US President Jimmy Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights
  • 1977-03-07 Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin meets US President Jimmy Carter
  • 1977-03-16 US President Jimmy Carter pleads for a Palestinian homeland
  • 1977-04-03 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's 1st meeting with US President Jimmy Carter
  • 1977-06-24 IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976
  • 1977-06-30 Jimmy Carter cans B-1A bomber later "B-1's the B-52"
  • 1977-09-07 US President Jimmy Carter and Panama's General Omar Torrijos sign the Panama Canal treaties, guaranteeing Panama control of the Panama Canal after 1999
  • 1977-09-15 US President Jimmy Carter meets with 15 record company executives
  • 1977-11-01 US President Jimmy Carter raises the minimum wage from $2.30 to $3.35 an hour, effective from 1st Jan 1981
  • 1977-11-15 US President Jimmy Carter welcomes Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1977-11-22 US President Jimmy Carter presents engineer Peter Goldmark with the National Medal of Science for his work communication and entertainment technology
  • 1978-02-03 Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and US President Jimmy Carter discuss the Middle East peace process in Washington, D.C.
  • 1978-04-07 US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb
  • 1978-09-05 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter begin Egypt-Isreal peace conference at Camp David
  • 1978-09-17 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Camp David Accords, frameworks for peace in the Middle East and between Egypt and Israel
  • 1978-10-13 US President Jimmy Carter answers callers' questions on National Public Radio
  • 1978-10-17 President Jimmy Carter signs bill restoring US citizenship to Jefferson Davis
  • 1978-10-27 US President Jimmy Carter signs Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill
  • 1978-12-01 US President Jimmy Carter more than doubles national park system size
  • 1978-12-16 Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of People's Republic of China
  • 1979-01-14 US President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday be a federal holiday
  • 1979-01-19 US President Jimmy Carter announces he is awarding Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to anthropologist Margaret Mead
  • 1979-01-29 US President Jimmy Carter commutes Patty Hearst's 7 year jail sentence to 2 years
  • 1979-04-20 President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit which swam up to his fishing boat in Plains, Georgia
  • 1979-07-24 US President Jimmy Carter names Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • 1979-10-06 Pope John Paul II is 1st Pope to visit The White House, meeting with President Jimmy Carter in Washington, D.C.
  • 1979-10-17 US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating Department of Education
  • 1980-01-07 American President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation to bail out the Chrysler Corporation with a 1.5 billion dollar loan
  • 1980-01-20 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • 1980-03-31 President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry
  • 1980-04-07 Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran during hostage crisis
  • 1980-04-25 Announcement of US hostage rescue bungle in Iran
  • 1980-06-03 Jimmy Carter wins enough delegates for renomination as US President
  • 1980-07-15 Billy Carter, the brother of US President Jimmy Carter, registers as a foreign agent of the Libyan government after it was revealed they paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars
  • 1980-07-23 River of No Return Wilderness Area designated by Jimmy Carter
  • 1980-08-14 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter for president and Walter Mondale for vice president
  • 1980-11-04 Republican candidate Ronald Reagan is elected President of the United States, defeating incumbent Democrat US President Jimmy Carter by a landslide
  • 1981-10-08 US President Ronald Reagan greets predecessors Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon before sending them to Egypt for Anwar Sadat's funeral
  • 2002-05-12 Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
  • 2015-08-12 Former US President Jimmy Carter reveals that he has cancer
  • 2018-12-05 US state funeral for former president George H. W. Bush, eulogy by George W. Bush, attended by President Donald Trump predecessors Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter

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