41st US president George HW Bush passes away aged 94 *ARCHIVE*

George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States, passed away at the age of 94 at his home in Houston, Texas on Saturday following a steady decline in his health. He is survived by his sons George, Jeb, Neil and Marvin, as well as his daughter Dorothy. Bush’s death was preceded by his wife Barbara’s seven months prior. Born in Milton, Massachusetts on June 12, 1924, Bush... Еще spent much of his formative years between his birth state and Connecticut before enlisting in the US Navy six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941. He progressed rapidly through the ranks before becoming the US Navy’s youngest aviator at the time. Following the Second World War, Bush enrolled at Yale and then moved to Texas to enter the oil business after graduating. After reaching millionaire status by the age of 40, Bush entered politics, eventually winning a seat in the House of Representatives in 1966. By 1971, the then-president Richard Nixon had appointed Bush as the United States’ UN Ambassador before he left the role to become Republican National Committee Chairman two years later. Future president Ronald Reagan defeated Bush in the Republican primaries in 1980 but chose him as running mate in the winning ticket, giving him the position of Vice President for two terms. Bush succeeded Reagan to become the 41st US President in 1988 after beating his Democratic opponent Michael Dukakus, overseeing pivotal historic moments during his four-year-tenure such as the collapse of the Soviet Bloc and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Foreign interventions also played a key role in Bush’s presidency, with military involvement in both the Persian Gulf and Panama. However, having broken campaign pledges such as freezing taxes, Bush slipped to defeat in the 1992 election to his Democratic counterpart Bill Clinton. In his latter years, Bush saw his son, George, also hold office as the 43rd president of the United States, while also engaging in a number of humanitarian causes. By 2012, he was bound to a wheelchair after suffering from a form of Parkinson’s disease but still made public appearances. In October of 2017, several women came forward to accuse Bush of sexual misconduct, for which he subsequently apologised.

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