Laura Bush Fast Facts


(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Laura Bush, wife of 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush.


Birth date: November 4, 1946

Birth place: Midland, Texas
Birth name: Laura Lane Welch
Father: Harold Welch, a successful real-estate developer
    Mother: Jenna (Hawkins) Welch
    Marriage: George W. Bush (November 5, 1977 – present)
    Children: Twins Jenna and Barbara, November 25, 1981
    Education: Southern Methodist University, B.S., 1968; University of Texas at Austin, M.L.S., 1973
    Religion: Methodist

    Other Facts:

    Former librarian and elementary school teacher.
    Has served on the boards of various institutions, among them the University of Texas Graduate School of Library and Information Science Advisory Council and the Reading Is Fundamental Advisory Council.

    November 1963 Seventeen year old Laura runs a stop sign and collides with a car driven by a friend. He is thrown from his car and killed.

    1973-1974 Works at the Houston Public Library, Kashmere Gardens Branch.
    1974-1977 Works as a librarian at Dawson Elementary School in Austin, Texas.
    November 5, 1977 Laura and George marry just three months after meeting at the home of mutual friends. Laura quits working after they get married.
    November 8, 1994 George W. Bush is elected governor of Texas. He is re-elected in 1998.
    1995-2000 First Lady of Texas.
    1995 Establishes the Texas Book Festival, an annual event promoting literacy.
    1997 Becomes involved in an early-childhood development initiative, called the Reach Out and Read program, aimed at helping parents and other caregivers to prepare preschool children for formal instruction in reading.
    January 20, 2001 Becomes first lady of the United States.
    September 8, 2001 With the Library of Congress, launches the first National Book Festival which features authors from across the nation.
    November 2001 Becomes the first first lady in history to record a full presidential radio address, speaking out on the plight of women and children under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
    May 2002 Addresses the people of Afghanistan through Radio Liberty in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.
    June 4, 2002 Launches the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.
    September 29, 2003 During a five-day tour focusing on education and literacy, Mrs. Bush visits French President Jacques Chirac.
    September 30, 2003 Visits Russia as part of her education and literacy tour.
    February 9, 2006 Is received by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.
    November 2006 Has a cancerous tumor removed from her right shin.
    August 2007 – The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health is founded as part of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
    October 21, 2007 Arrives in the United Arab Emirates to begin a four-day tour around the Middle East to raise breast cancer awareness.
    February 16, 2008 Begins a five-day, five nation tour of Africa with the president. They visit Benin, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ghana, and Liberia.
    June 2008 Tours Afghanistan.
    August 2008 In Thailand, she meets with refugees from Myanmar. Later attends the Olympic Games in Beijing with the president and former President Bush.
    September 1, 2008 Is a speaker at the Republican National Convention.
    December 19, 2008 An official portrait of Mrs. Bush is unveiled at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.
    May 4, 2010 Her autobiography, “Spoken From the Heart,” is released.
    May 16, 2010 Comes out in support of legalizing same-sex marriage and abortion remaining legal on the Larry King Live show.
    April 13, 2013 Becomes a grandmother for the first time after her daughter, Jenna, and her husband, Henry Hager, have a baby girl, Margaret Laura “Mila” Hager.

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