Key events in the life of Barack Obama
August 4, 1961: Barack Hussein Obama is born in Hawaii to Barack Obama Sr, an economics student from Kenya, and Stanley Ann Dunham, an anthropologist from Kansas.
1963-64: Obama’s parents separate and divorce. Obama Sr returns to Kenya.
1967: Obama moves to Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, with his mother and her second husband Lolo Soetoro. Lives there for four years.
1971: Returns to Hawaii to live with grandparents.
1979: Graduates from Punahou School, a private preparatory institution.
1979-81: Moves to Los Angeles. Attends Occidental College in southern California.
1982: Obama Sr dies in a car accident.
1983: Obama graduates from Columbia University with a major in political science and specialisation in international relations.
1985-1988: Works as community organiser in Chicago.
1989-1991: Selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year of law school and elected its first black president in his second year. Graduates from Harvard.
October 18, 1992: Marries fellow Harvard alumni Michelle Robinson at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
1993: Works as an associate in a Chicago law firm. Also joins the University of Chicago Law School as a part-time professor of constitutional law.
1995: Publishes first book, ‘Dreams of My Father’.
1996: Elected to the Illinois state Senate.
1998: First daughter Malia is born.
2000: Loses Democratic nomination for a seat in the US House to incumbent Bobby Rush.
2001: Second daughter Sasha is born.
July 27, 2004: Gives a rousing keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, beginning his rise as a young upcoming politician.
November 2, 2004: Elected to the US Senate defeating Republican Alan Keyes.
February 10, 2007: Announces his presidential candidacy at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln’s political career was also launched.
January 3, 2008: Wins the first caucus in Iowa, undermining Democrat rival Hillary Clinton’s status as front-runner.
June 3, 2008: Wins the 2,118 delegates needed for the nomination after a see-saw 21-month primary battle.
August 23, 2008: Announces Senator Joe Biden of Delaware is his running mate.
August 28, 2008: Accepts the Democratic Party presidential nomination in Denver.
November 4, 2008: Wins the presidential election defeating Republican rival John McCain by a landslide.
January 20, 2009: Inaugurated as the 44th President of the US, the first black-American to reach the top post.