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Laura Bush
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November 4, 1946 Laura Welch was born in Midland, Texas. She is the only child of Harold and Jenna Welch.

1963 Laura accidentally drove through a stop sign and hit a car driven by a high school friend. He was killed. No charges were filed in the accident.

1968 Laura graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She taught at public schools in Dallas, Houston and Austin.
1973 Laura graduated with a master's degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin.
1977 Laura married George W. Bush after a three-month courtship. She was working as a librarian and teacher in Austin.
1981 Twin daughters Barbara and Jenna, who were named after their grandmothers, were born.
1994 George W. Bush was elected governor of Texas. As first lady of Texas, Laura focused her efforts on her passion for reading and initiated many statewide reading campaigns.
1996 Laura helped launch the Family Literacy Initiative for Texas campaign that aimed at promoting children's reading readiness. She also helped organize the Texas Book Festival.
2000 During the fall election controversy, Laura showed her commitment to literacy by keeping a meeting with Texas Book Festival workers on the night her husband claimed victory in the presidential race.
2001 The Bushes moved into the White House.
May 13, 2002 Laura goes on a 10-day trip to Europe to promote education in Paris, France, Budapest, Hungary, and Prague, Czech Republic.

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