This Week In History: Wk 02 (8 January 1992)
US President Bush Vomits On Japanese Leader
US President George Bush becomes ill and vomits on the Japanese Prime Minister.
In 1992, George H W Bush, the 41st President of the United States of America, attended a state dinner in Tokyo, Japan. Before the event, President Bush complained of feeling unwell and was advised by his doctor to stay in bed. However, the president decided to attend the dinner and was seated next to the Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi. During the meal, President Bush felt ill and turned and vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister. This remains the only recorded case of a head of state throwing up on the head of another country's government.
vomit (verb): release the contents of the stomach via the mouth; be sick
advise (verb): suggest; recommend
state dinner (noun): a formal meal shared by leaders of two or more countries
head of state (noun): the chief person who represents a country
throw up (verb - informal): vomit
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey