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.
Second Draft of the Address to the Nation on the Gulf War, 01/15/1991
From the series: Presidential Daily Files, 01/20/1989 - 12/31/1992
On January 16, 1991, President George Bush used national
television to announce the commencement of the air campaign to free
Kuwait. In this draft of the speech, with changes in the President’s own
hand, he lays out the case for war.
Today is the last day to vote! Do you want the Americans with Disabilities Act to be displayed first in the new “Records of Rights” gallery?
At the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (known as the ADA) on July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush said,
“Three weeks ago we celebrated our nation’s Independence Day. Today we’re here to rejoice in and celebrate another ’Independence Day,’ one that is long overdue. With today’s signing of the landmark Americans for Disabilities Act, every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom.”
Image: On July 26, 1990, President George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. With him on the South Lawn of the White House are (from left to right, sitting) Evan Kemp, Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Justin Dart, Chairman of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities; and (left to right, standing) Rev. Harold Wilke and Swift Parrino, Chairperson, National Council on Disability. Image from the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.
The “Iron Lady:” Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, October 13, 1925 - April 8, 2013
- Photograph of President Reagan walking with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Camp David, 11/06/1986. ARC Identifier 198578
- Jimmy Carter with Margaret Thatcher, 09/13/1977. ARC Identifier 176181
- President Bush Presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 03/07/1991. ARC Identifier 672821
Babe Ruth and George Bush
On January 29, 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame elected its first members. Among the five men was Babe Ruth, seen in this photograph taken in 1948, donating the manuscript of his autobiography to Yale.
The young man in uniform is the captain of the Yale baseball team and a future President. George H. W. Bush was an older college student—he had delayed going to college and joined the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Practice Makes Perfect
Military personnel act as stand-ins for President-elect George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Vice President-elect J. Danforth Quayle and Marilyn Quayle during a rehearsal prior to the Inauguration Day ceremonies of the 41st president of the United States, 01/15/1989
“This is an immensely important day — a day that belongs to all of you…across the breadth of this nation are 43 million Americans with disabilities. You have made this happen.
-George H.W. Bush
Remarks by the President during the signing of the ADA, 7/26/90
Twenty-two years ago today, President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The ADA was the world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities. It was a collaborative effort of Democrats, Republicans, the legislative and the executive branches, federal and state agencies, and people with and without disabilities.
-from the Bush Library
A day in the life of a President
This is the February 27, 1991, entry from the daily appointment log kept by President George H.W. Bush. Presidents keep a daily log of meetings with personal acquaintances, foreign representatives, and domestic advisors. On this day the log notes that at 9:02 p.m. eastern standard time, the President addressed the nation about the suspension of offensive combat operations in the Persian Gulf.
October 3, 1990 - Memorandum of Telephone Conversation between President Bush and Chancellor Helmut Kohl of Germany
On October 3, 1990, East and West Germany were reunified, one year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This memo transcribes the brief conversation which occurred between President George Bush and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, describing the reunification celebration. On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan gave this historic speech at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in which he implored Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev: “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”
With today’s signing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, every man, woman, and child with a disability can now pass through once closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence, and freedom.
-President George H. W. Bush
On July 26, 1990, President George Bush signed The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A crowd of people spread across the South Lawn of the White House to watch the ADA become the first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities.
In addition to prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, the ADA provides support for public services, public accommodations, and adaptations in telecommunications. The Act sparked a revolution, galvanizing countries like Sweden, Japan, and the Soviet Union into announcing their own civil rights acts for people with disabilities.
Photo of President Bush signing the American Disabilities Act of 1990 on the South Lawn of the White House. On the direct left is Even Kemp of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, directly to the right is Justin Dart of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.