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July 6, 1946 George Walker Bush is born in New Haven, Connecticut, to George and Barbara Bush. His is the oldest of six children: Dorothy (Doro), Marvin Pierce, Neil Mallon, John Ellis (Jeb) and Pauline Robinson (Robin).

1948 Bush's father goes into the oil business and moves his family to West Texas. They settle in the town of Midland.

1951 Bush's father founds the first of three oil development companies.

1953 Three-year-old Robin Bush dies of leukemia on October 11.

1959 The family moves again, this time 600 miles away to Houston, Texas.

1961 The young Bush leaves Texas to go to boarding school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

1964 Bush's father runs for the U.S. Senate, but loses.

1966 Bush's father is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas' 7th Congressional District.

1968 Bush receives a bachelor's degree from Yale University.

1968 Bush begins service in the Texas Air National Guard. He finishes his service in 1973

1970 Bush's father loses a second campaign for the U.S. Senate.

1971 The elder George Bush is named U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

1973 Bush's father becomes chairman of the Republican National Committee.

1975 George W. Bush receives an MBA from Harvard University and returns to Texas with plans to enter the oil business.

1976 The elder George Bush becomes director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a post he retained for one year.

1977 He founds a Midland-based company that puts together private partnerships for oil drilling ventures, known as Arbusto Exploration. After a three-month courtship, George W. Bush marries Laura Welch, a librarian from Midland, Texas.

1978 Following in his father's footsteps, Bush runs for the U.S. House of Representatives. He wins the Republican primary but loses the race.

1981 Bush's father is sworn in as vice president under President Ronald Reagan.

1981 On November 25, Laura gives birth to twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara.

1982 Arbusto changes its name to Bush Exploration Co. and goes public in an effort to generate funds.

1984 Bush Exploration merges with another company, Spectrum 7 Energy Corp.

1986 Spectrum 7 merges with Harken Energy Corp. A worldwide slump in oil prices necessitates the move, which results in Bush and company receiving one share of the new business for every five shares of their stock. Bush assumes a consultant role with Harken.

1987 George W. got a taste of Washington while working on his father's presidential campaign.

1989 Bush's father is sworn in as the president of the United States. During that same year, George W. buys a 2 percent share of the Texas Rangers baseball team for $600,000 in borrowed money. He serves as managing general partner for five years, which nets him an additional 10 percent interest in the team.

1990 Bush sells two-thirds of his stock in Harken Energy. Over the next two months, Harken stock prices dropped in the wake of poor quarterly earnings. Critics then questioned the timing of his sale, asking whether he had advance warnings. In October 1993, a federal commission cleared him of any wrong doing.

1992 Democrat Bill Clinton defeats George W.'s father in the presidential election.

1994 Bush is elected governor of Texas with 53.5 percent of the vote.

1998 The Texas Rangers are sold to Dallas financier Tom Hicks for $250 million and Bush nets about $15 million. In November, Bush is re-elected governor, with 68.6 percent of the vote.

1999 In June, Bush formally announces his candidacy for president of the United States.

2000 In November, months of intense campaigning by Bush and former Vice President Al Gore, end with controversial results over the electoral votes from the state of Florida. Bush is eventually deemed the winner, with a 271-267 edge over Gore in the Electoral College -- where 270 votes are needed to claim the nation's chief executive office. Their seesaw court battles over recounts in Florida lasted 35 days after the election.

2001 After the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington D.C., Bush vows to fight terrorism to the end and receives a 90 percent approval rating from the public. Nearly one month after the attacks, the United States and Great Britain begin a military campaign targeting suspected terrorist camps in Afghanistan.

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