1. President George HW Bush made several significant contributions to the geosciences and to environmental policy.
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2. President George HW Bush demonstrated a long-standing support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities over his career.
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5. George HW Bush used every opportunity on the campaign trail to stoke white fear of Black men and paint himself as tough on crime.
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6. George HW Bush is memorialized in statue on the grounds of Hampton University.
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9. George HW Bush suffered from vascular parkinsonism, a form of Parkinson's disease which had forced him to use a motorized scooter or wheelchair since at least 2012.
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10. On November 25, 2017, George HW Bush became the longest-lived US president when he surpassed the 93 years and 165 days lifespan of Gerald Ford, who died in December 2006.
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12. In 1991, The New York Times revealed that George HW Bush was suffering from Graves' disease, a non-contagious thyroid condition that his wife Barbara suffered from.
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17. President George HW Bush was Honorary Chairman of Points of Light, an international nonprofit dedicated to engaging more people and resources in solving serious social problems through voluntary service.
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23. George HW Bush signed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act which provides monetary compensation of people who had contracted cancer and a number of other specified diseases as a direct result of their exposure to atmospheric nuclear weapons testing undertaken by the United States during the Cold War, or their exposure to high levels of radon while doing uranium mining.
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26. George HW Bush began an effort to persuade the Democratic controlled Congress to act on the budget; with Republicans believing that the best way was to cut government spending, and Democrats convinced that the only way would be to raise taxes, Bush faced problems when it came to consensus building.
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28. George HW Bush became the first serving vice president to be elected president since Martin Van Buren in 1836, as well as the first person to succeed someone from his own party to the presidency via election to the office in his own right since Herbert Hoover in 1929.
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31. George HW Bush pinned blame on Dukakis for the pollution of Boston Harbor, as the governor of Massachusetts.
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34. On July 13, 1985, George HW Bush became the first vice president to serve as acting president when Reagan underwent surgery to remove polyps from his colon; Bush served as the acting president for approximately eight hours.
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35. George HW Bush told reporters that while he would allow for heads of state to dictate how each meeting would transpire, there was an expectation on his part for discussions on the independence of Namibia, adding that the United States was going to retain the position of no settlement in Namibia until Cuban troops in Angola were withdrawn.
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43. George HW Bush was the first House Republican to represent his Houston district, including his residence in the Tanglewood; His voting record in the House was generally conservative: Bush voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1968, although it was generally unpopular in his district.
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47. George HW Bush started the George HW Bush-Overbey Oil Development company in 1951 and in 1953 co-founded the Zapata Petroleum Corporation, an oil company that drilled in the Permian Basin in Texas.
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49. George HW Bush captained the Yale baseball team and played in the first two College World Series as a left-handed first baseman.
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55. George HW Bush began his formal education at the Greenwich Country Day School, then attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts beginning in 1938, where he held a number of leadership positions which included president of the senior class, secretary of the student council, president of the community fund-raising group, a member of the editorial board of the school newspaper, and captain of the varsity baseball and soccer teams.
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58. George HW Bush moved his family to West Texas where he entered the oil business and became a millionaire by the age of 40 in 1964.
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59. George HW Bush served until September 1945, and then attended Yale University, graduating in 1948.
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60. George HW Bush postponed his university studies after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday, and became one of its youngest aviators.
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61. George HW Bush stresses that his goal is to free Kuwait rather than conquer Iraq.
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62. George HW Bush appeared on national television to inform the American people that the United States and its allies were engaged in a war against Iraq.
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73. In 1991, 1992, and 1993, George HW Bush signed nuclear disarmament agreements with the Soviet Union and then Russia that called for substantial cuts in nuclear arms.
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81. George HW Bush was an unannounced candidate for the Republican presidential nomination of 1980 starting in 1977.
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83. George HW Bush beat Al Gore in one of the closest presidential elections in history.
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84. George HW Bush was ordered to the Persian Gulf to protect US interests in Iraq in light of the Islamic State takeover of several major cities in that country.
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94. George HW Bush is the only aircraft carrier in the US Navy to combine the two technologies.
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97. George HW Bush became the US Navy's youngest pilot when he received his Naval Aviator wings and naval commission on 9 June 1943, three days before turning 19.
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98. George HW Bush is the tenth and final Nimitz-class supercarrier of the United States Navy.
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