On this day, September 2, 1944, Navy pilot George Bush is shot down into enemy waters during World War II.
George Bush joined the Navy on June 12, 1942, on his 18th birthday. He received his commission on June 9, 1943, becoming the youngest naval aviator of the time. During World War II, Bush flew torpedo bombers, completing 58 missions.
On a run over Chichi Jima in 1944, his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Bush bailed out and was rescued by a Navy submarine, but tragically, his two crew members were killed. For his service during WWII, Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.
Photos: Downed pilot George Bush is rescued by the Navy submarine, USS Finback. 9/2/44; Navy Pilot portrait, WWII; USS Finback.
On this day, July 26, 1990, President George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA was the world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.
Read about the ADA at the Bush Library website.
President George H. W. Bush Signs the Americans with Disabilities Act, 7/26/1990.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Nelson Mandela visits the White House for the first time on this day—
President George Bush became the first U.S. President to welcome Nelson Mandela to the White House on June 25, 1990. George Bush remembers their meetings here (from the Huffington Post).
Photo from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
George Bush at Bat
In addition to graduation Phi Beta Kappa from Yale in 2 1/2 years after WWII service, George Bush was a gifted athlete. George, or “Poppy” as he was nicknamed, was Captain of the championship Yale baseball team. He also played soccer at Yale and was on the co-national championship team in 1945.
George Bush baseball portrait, Yale University, 1945-1948.
At bat at the Yale vs. Navy baseball game, April 19, 1947.
On behalf of Yale University, Yale Baseball Captain George Bush accepts “The Babe Ruth Story” autobiography from Babe Ruth.
Happy 90th Birthday George Bush!
Skydiving at 90? You betcha. George Bush is celebrating his birthday today with a parachute jump over Maine right now.
Here’s a photo of President Bush on his 75th birthday, when he marked the occasion with a skydive over the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
If you are near College Station, Texas, don your craziest pair of socks and join the celebration at the Bush Library for the birthdays of President and Mrs. Bush (Mrs. Bush’s 89th birthday was June 8, and President Bush’s 90th birthday is June 12.) There will be free cake, entertainment, and a Texas favorite, Blue Bell ice cream!
Happy Birthday George Bush!
Happy 90th Birthday George Bush!
George H. W. Bush was elected as the forty-first President of the United States after serving eight years as Vice President.
President Bush’s leadership proved critical to the resolution of some of the most daunting conflicts of the time. During his Presidency, historic events became almost commonplace: the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany; the end of the Cold War and the flowering of democracy in Eastern Europe; and the emergence of a new partnership with Russia, anchored by the historic arms reduction treaties, START I and START II — the first-ever agreements to dismantle and destroy strategic weapons since the advent of the nuclear age.
Domestically, President Bush extended civil rights and liberties to the disabled through the Americans with Disabilities Act, which paved new ground for aiding the disadvantaged.
It’s the 90th Birthday of George Bush!
George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts.
On his 18th birthday, Bush graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts with World War II raging on two fronts. That same day, although he had been accepted at Yale University, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman second class. He received his wings on June 9, 1943, becoming the youngest pilot in the U.S. Navy at the time.
During World War II, Bush flew torpedo bombers, completing 58 missions. On a run over Chichi Jima in 1944, his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Bush bailed out and was rescued by a Navy submarine.
For his service during WWII, Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.
Watch this space for more on the life of George Bush throughout today.
Happy Birthday President Bush!
George Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine, circa 1925; At age 12; At Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. circa 1940; U.S. Navy Portrait (1942-1945); U.S. Navy Pilot George Bush in the cockpit of an Avenger, (1942-45).