Ronald reagan blowing out birthday candles

Ronald Reagan, the former United States president, celebrating his 82nd birthday at his presidential library in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday. Assisted by his wife, Nancy, he blows out the candles on a giant birthday cake. The actor Merv Griffin was master of ceremonies at the gala reception for 500 guests, including Baroness Thatcher, the former British prime minister, who presented Mr Reagan with a set of silver goblets. The former president said he was moved by 'the friendship of so many generous people'.

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