Detroit put on a grand old party when it hosted the Republican National Convention 30 years ago this month. From July 14 until July 17, 1980, Joe Louis Arena was packed with party loyalists, including such celebrities as Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.
On July 16, delegates officially nominated Ronald Reagan for president and George Herbert Walker Bush as vice president.
Former President Gerald Ford was entertaining the possibility of accepting the number-two position, but he had certain stipulations about whom he wanted in cabinet posts. Reagan opted for Bush as his partner instead.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan History.
For more information, see George Bulanda, “The Republican National Convention”, Hour Detroit, July 2010.