(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States.
Personal: Birth date: June 12, 1924
Birth place: Milton, Massachusetts
Birth name: George Herbert Walker Bush
Father: Prescott Bush, investment banker and senator
Mother: Dorothy (Walker) Bush
Marriage: Barbara (Pierce) Bush (January 6, 1945 - present)
Children: Dorothy, August 18, 1959; Marvin, October 22, 1956; Neil, January 22, 1955; John (Jeb) February 11, 1953; Pauline (Robin), December 20, 1949 - October 1953 (died of leukemia); George, July 6, 1946
Education: Yale University, B.A., 1948
Military service: U.S. Navy, 1942-1945, Lieutenant Junior Grade
Other Facts: Flew 58 combat missions for the Navy during World War II and was awarded three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Has a form of Parkinson's disease.
Timeline: June 1943 - Becomes the youngest pilot in the Navy at the time, after earning his commission and wings.
1951 - Establishes the Bush-Overbey Oil Development Co. with John Overbey.
1953 - Forms Zapata Petroleum with William and Hugh Liedtke.
1964 - Runs unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.
1967-1971 - U.S. Representative from Texas' Seventh District.
1971-1972 - Ambassador to the United Nations.
1973-1974 - Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
1974-1975 - Serves as chief of the United States Liaison Office in China.
January 1976-January 1977 - Director of the CIA.
1980 - Runs for president, but loses his party's nomination to Ronald Reagan.
January 20, 1981 - Is sworn in as vice-president of the United States.
July 13, 1985 - Acting president for nearly eight hours while President Reagan undergoes surgery.
November 8, 1988 - Elected 41st president of the United States, with 53.1% of the popular vote and 426 electoral votes.
January 20, 1989 - Sworn in as 41st president of the United States.
December 1989 - Sends American troops to Panama (Operation Just Cause).
August 2, 1990 - Iraq invades Kuwait.
August 7, 1990 - Operation Desert Shield begins.
January 16, 1991 - Operation Desert Storm begins.
February 27, 1991 - Declares victory in Iraq.
November 3, 1992 - Loses the presidential election to Bill Clinton.
December 24, 1992 - Pardons six government officials who had been implicated in the Iran-Contra affair.
January 3, 1993 - Signs the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-II) with Russia.
February 19-21, 2005 - Tours areas in southeast Asia damaged by a tsunami with former President Bill Clinton.
September 1, 2005 - After Hurricane Katrina, Bush and Clinton form the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.
January 10, 2009 - The USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier is commissioned.
February 15, 2011 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
November 17-19, 2012 - Hospitalized due to bronchitis.
November 23, 2012 - Is readmitted to the hospital following treatment for bronchitis.
January 14, 2013 - Is released from the hospital after almost two months of treatment for bronchitis.