George H.W. Bush Fast Facts

Updated 12:51 PM EST, Sat December 1, 2018
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Here’s a look at the life of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States.

Birth date: June 12, 1924

Death date: November 30, 2018

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-April 17, 2018, her death)

Children: Dorothy; Marvin; Neil; John (Jeb); Pauline (Robin), died of leukemia; George

Education: Yale University, B.A., 1948

Military service: US Navy, 1942-1945, Lieutenant Junior Grade

Religion: Episcopalian

Other Facts:
Bush was the first sitting vice president to be elected president since Martin van Buren in 1836.

He is the second president, after John Adams, to be the father of a president.

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.

His nickname since childhood has been Poppy, and that’s how he was known at Yale, especially as a baseball player.

June 1943 - After earning his commission and wings, becomes the youngest pilot in the Navy at the time.

Late 1940s - Captain of the Yale University baseball team and plays in the first two College World Series in 1947 and 1948.

1951 - Establishes the Bush-Overbey Oil Development Company with John Overbey.

1953 - Forms Zapata Petroleum with William and Hugh Liedtke.

1964 - Runs unsuccessfully for the US Senate.

1967-1971 - US Representative from Texas’$2 7th 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 - Is elected 41st president of the United States, with 53.1% of the popular vote and 426 electoral votes.

January 20, 1989 - Bush is sworn in as the 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.

June 9, 1999 - Celebrates his 75th birthday by skydiving .

February 19-21, 2005 - Tours areas in southeast Asia damaged by a tsunami, with 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 re-admitted to the hospital following treatment for bronchitis.

January 14, 2013 - Is released from the hospital after almost two months of treatment for bronchitis.

July 2013 - Shaves his head in solidarity with a leukemia patient, the son of a member of his Secret Service detail.

2013 - Attends the same-sex wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen in Kennebunkport, Maine, and signs their marriage license as a witness.

November 2013 - The National College Baseball Foundation announces its Hall of Fame museum will be named after the 41st president.

May 2014 - Receives the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Profiles in Courage Award.

June 12, 2014 - Celebrates his 90th birthday with a parachute jump as he did for his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays.

November 11, 2014 - The biography “41: A Portrait of My Father,” written by George W. Bush, is released during a special ceremony and discussion session at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station.

December 23-December 30, 2014 - Hospitalized for what aides describe as a precautionary measure after he experiences shortness of breath.

July 15, 2015 - Falls a