Sunnylands in History

Sunnylands emerged onto the world stage when the historic estate was completed in 1966. It has since welcomed eight U.S. presidents and world leaders, public intellectuals, celebrities, and friends and family. On many occasions, guests have engaged in dialogue that led to efforts to enhance international understanding and civil discourse.

February 15 - 16, 2016

President Barack Obama convenes a historic summit of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at Sunnylands.

February 14, 2014

President Obama meets with His Majesty King Abdullah II, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

November 2013

Key leaders from science, government, NGOs, and industry meet at Sunnylands to discuss the future of AIDS research.

September 2013

Sunnylands-Aspen Institute Task Force on Streamlining and Consolidating Congressional Oversight of the US Department of Homeland Security releases report.

June 2013

President Barack Obama hosts President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China at an informal meeting deemed a "shirtsleeve summit."

March 2012

The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands and the Woodrow Wilson Center convene a high-level retreat on US-Mexico relations.

December 2003

California’s governor and bipartisan congressional leaders meet at Sunnylands.

December 1993

The Annenbergs announce donation of $500 million to the American public school system, the largest gift to public schools ever made.

March 1990

President George H. W. Bush holds a State Dinner for Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu of Japan at Sunnylands.

March 1990

The Annenbergs announce a record-setting gift of $50 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in a ceremony with President George Bush.

January 1988

President Ronald Reagan signs a landmark free trade agreement with Canada--a precursor to NAFTA--and announces it to the nation from Sunnylands.

January 1986

President Ronald Reagan exchanges televised New Year's greetings with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev watching on the TV in the Room of Memories.

February 1983

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll and HRH Prince Philip visit Sunnylands.

July 1976

Frank and Barbara Sinatra marry at Sunnylands.

September 8, 1974

President Richard Nixon finds a refuge at Sunnylands, after President Gerald Ford issues a pardon for Nixon's involvement in the Watergate scandal.

January 1974

President Richard Nixon drafts his final State of the Union Address while visiting Sunnylands.

December 1968

Walter and Leonore Annenberg hosted the Republican Governors Association at Sunnylands.

March 1966

Sunnylands welcomes its first guests, among whom was President Dwight D. Eisenhower.