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George H.W. Bush – Hero who steered US through Cold War

Saturday December 1 2018

George Herbert Walker Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st US president. He died on November 30, 2018 aged 94 years. PHOTO | PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL | POOL | AFP 

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President George Herbert Walker Bush, the war hero who steered America through the end of the Cold War, has died aged 94 years.

Here are 10 key dates in the life of Mr Bush, the 41st president of the United States:

  • June 12, 1924: George Herbert Walker Bush is born in Milton, Massachusetts.
  • June 12, 1942: Bush enlists in the US Navy on his 18th birthday, and becomes its youngest pilot, flying 58 combat missions in a torpedo bomber during World War II. He is shot down over the Pacific and rescued at sea.
  • January 6, 1945: Following his discharge from the Navy, Bush marries Barbara Pierce. They have six children: George Walker, Robin (who died at the age of four), John (also known as Jeb), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy.
  • 1953: Bush co-founds the Zapata Petroleum Company in Texas.
  • 1967-1971: Serves as a Republican member of the US House of Representatives from Texas for two terms.
  • 1971-1973: Serves as US ambassador to the United Nations.
  • 1976-1977: Serves as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • 1981-1989: Serves as US vice president under Ronald Reagan, whom Bush had opposed for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980.
  • 1989-1993: Serves as US president. In August 1990, Bush leads an international coalition to counter Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait and liberates the country in February 1991 with Operation Desert Storm.
  • 1992: Bush loses his bid for a second term as president to Democrat Bill Clinton.