Happy 90th Birthday, Barbara Bush!

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One of America's favorite first ladies turns 90 today!
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To celebrate the former first lady, here are some of the coolest and most interesting facts about her!

1) She is related to at least three presidents already
Other than being George H.W. Bush's wife and George W. Bush's mother, Barbara's great-great-uncle was Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States. Also, A.J. Jacobs, journalist, told HuffPost Live that the Bush family and the Clinton family might be related as well! He said he told Mrs. Bush that they might be 8th cousins, 3 times removed, and she was "loved" the news and always considered Bill her "son from another mother." Talk about a White House legacy!

Engraved color portrait of Franklin Pierce, 14th US President, circa 1855. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

2) She could be the woman to have two sons serve as president
As just about every American knows, Barbara has seen her husband in the Oval Office, along with her son, George W. Bush. However, if all goes well for the family, we could possibly see her other son, Jeb Bush, as the 45th President of the United States. She isn't the only first lady to hold the distinction of having a son and husband serve in office; Abigail Adams was wife and mother to second President of the United States, John Adams, and sixth President of the United States, John Quincy Adams, respectively.

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES:  Former US President George H.W. Bush (L) and his wife Barbara Bush(R) walk into St. John's Episcopal Church with their son US President George W. Bush(2nd-R) and his wife Laura to attend an early Sunday morning prayer service in 07 December 2003 in Washington. The historical church is a block away from the White House and has served various presidents for years.  AFP Photo/Paul J. RICHARDS  (Photo credit should read PAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
3) She was born in New York City!
She has roots in Queens. The future first lady was born on June 8, 1925 in the Big Apple.

President Bush Visits Manhattan Church
4) Her nickname is "everybody's grandmother"
Barbara has 17 grandchildren and another 4 grandchildren, but she actually gave herself the nickname of "everybody's grandmother" during the 1988 campaign cycle.

George Bush and Barbara Bush
5) She was the first first lady to throw out a first pitch at a major league baseball game
Her son George W. Bush was a minority owner in the Texas Rangers when she achieved the accomplishment. She then went on to become a pro at throwing the first ball from the mounding, offering her ceremonial services for the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Mets, and Pirates games 1985, 1989, 1990, 2004, or 2005.

First lady Barbara Bush throws out the first pitch before the start of the Texas Rangers game against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas, May 5, 1989. Mrs. Bush's son, George W. Bush, is an owner of the Texas Rangers. (AP Photo/Bill Janscha)
6) She has a strong interest in literacy and loves to read
After finding out her son Neil was diagnosed with dyslexia, Barbara Bush developed a deep, life-long interest in the importance of reading throughout the American society and created the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She continued to champion the cause throughout her stay in the White House, focusing on improving literacy rates not just for children but for illiterate adults as well.

First lady Barbara Bush reads to children in Washington, D.C., June 23, 1992, as she launched "Summer Quest '92", the free summer reading program sponsored by libraries across the Washington region. Summer Quest is coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and last year brought more than 56,000 children into area public libraries. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)
7) She posed with her dog in her official portrait
Barbara had a small picture of first dog Millie next to her when she sat for her official White House portrait. She also wrote a book about the beloved little pet, called "Millie's Book," which describes a day in the life of the family from Millie's perspective, "discussing morning briefings, deliberations in the Oval Office, and short breaks for squirrel hunting."

Barbara Bush Portrait
8) She met her husband when she was 16 years old
According to her memoirs, the future first lady met her future husband and president at a Christmas school dance. She went home and wrote in her diary about having met the "nicest, cutest boy."

George Bush 1945
9) She gave the 1990 commencement address at Wellesley with Raisa Gorbachev, wife of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
Her husband was vice president when then-President Ronald Reagan challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall," and just three years later she and Mikhail's wife Raisa Gorbachev spoke together to the graduates of the Wellesley. The highly-anticipated address was broadcast live on many major TV networks.

Barbara Bush Finland 1990

If that wasn't Barbara Bush for you, click through the gallery below to see the former First Lady through the years! And again, Happy Birthday, Barbara!

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Happy 90th Birthday, Barbara Bush!
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 03: Former First Lady Barbara Bush takes a photo at Minute Maid Park on May 3, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 29: (L-R) Former First Lady Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush look on prior to the South Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament between the Duke Blue Devils and the Gonzaga Bulldogs at NRG Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 25: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) listens to former first lady Barbara Bush (R) during the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The Bush library, which is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, with more than 70 million pages of paper records, 43,000 artifacts, 200 million emails and four million digital photographs, will be opened to the public on May 1, 2013. The library is the 13th presidential library in the National Archives and Records Administration system. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
KENNEBUNKPORT, ME - JUNE 12: Film Subject President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Mrs. Barbara Bush attend the HBO Documentary special screening of '41' on June 12, 2012 in Kennebunkport, Maine. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)
HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 29: Barbara Bush talks with Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Former President George H. W. Bush's office on March 29, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Mitt Romney received an endorsement from Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush during the meeting. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
BERLIN - OCTOBER 31: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) congratulates former US President George H. W. Bush (R) as Bush's wife Barbara Bush standslokks on at the end of a ceremony at Friedrichstadtpalast on October 31, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The event organized by The Konrad Adenauer Foundation takes place under the motto: 'The Fall of the Wall and Reunification - the Victory of Freedom.' Bush, Gorbachev and Kohl played key roles as the peaceful revolution unfolded in East Germany in the autumn of 1989. Their cooperation would pave the way for German reunification in 1990. (Photo by Steffen Kugler/Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush laughs alongside his parents, former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, after delivering the commencement address during the Texas A&M University graduation ceremony at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas, on December 12, 2008. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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