Recent Event Highlights: Father dies, Moves to Indonesia, Mother moves to Indonesia, and 35 more...
Created by jlpeebles on Sep 7, 2012
Last updated: 09/20/12 at 08:03 AM
Obama delivers keynote address at Democratic National Convention.
Obama becomes chairman of the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
Obama delivers high profile anti-Iraq war speech in downtown Chicago.
Obama loses Democratic primary race against U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, considers quitting politics.
Obama delivers Valentines Day speech that transforms the funding and political strategies behind low-income housing activism, first in Chicago, then across the entire nation.
Obama serves in the Illinois State Senate after being elected in 1996.
Obama serves on the board of the Annenberg Chicago Challenge, a $49 million educational grant program. He is chairman of the board from 1995-99.
Obama’s first autobiography, “Dreams from My Father,” is published.
Obama represents “Real Estate Reverend” Arthur Brazier, a slumlord who turned off the heat and running water in a low-income housing project, then forced tenants to leave in the dead of winter.
Barack Obama and the former Michelle Robinson are married.
Obama works for Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Galland, a small politically connected Chicago law firm with ties to the late Mayor Harold Washington, civil rights groups and real estate developers.
Obama serves on the boards of directors of the Woods Fund and Joyce Foundation. Woods was first foundation to finance the Developing Communities Project
Obama is a lecturer, then special lecturer, at the law school, teaching three legal processes classes.
Obama's mother's father, Stanley Dunham, veteran of World War II, dies at age 72.
Obama is Director of “Project Vote!” which registers 400,000 minority citizens, helping boost Carol Moseley Braun to the post of U.S. Senator.
Chicago businessman Antonin "Tony" Rezko offers Obama a job at his firm. Obama turns him down.
Obama is a summer intern at Sidley Austin law firm in Chicago. His boss is Michelle Robinson.
Obama attends Harvard Law School, where he becomes the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.
Obama travels to Kenya to meet his paternal family for the first time.
Obama works as a community organizer with the Developing Communities Project in Altgeld Gardens in Chicago.
After getting his bachelor's degree, Obama works at a business magazine and for a Ralph Nader group, the NY Public Interest Research Group.
Barack Obama Sr., the future president's father, is killed in a car crash at age 48.
After transferring from Occidental, Obama studies at Columbia and graduates with a BA degree.
Stanley Ann Dunham and Lolo Soetoro divorce.
Changing his name back to Barack Obama, the future president Obama attends Occidental College, where he is active in the anti-apartheid movement.
After moving back to live with his grandparents in Hawaii, Barry Soetoro attends Punahou, a private prep school.
The Soetoros move to a new Jakarta home with separate servant quarters in the exclusive neighborhood of Menteng.
The future president joins his mother in Jakarta, Indonesia, and takes the name Barry Soetoro.
Lolo Soetoro returns to Indonesia, and Stanley Dunham follows him there. (All Indonesian students living abroad will be recalled to their home country when new military leader Suharto takes over in 1967.) Young Barry says with his grandparents in Hawaii.
Ann Dunham marries Indonesian Lolo Soetoro and becomes Ann Dunham Soetoro. Young Barack Obama Jr. takes name Barry Soetoro.
Barack Obama Jr. is born
Stanley Ann Dunham marries Barack Obama Sr. She's 18 and originally from Kansas, he's 23 and from Kenya.
Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. meet in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Stanley and Madelyn Dunham move from Kansas to Hawaii with their teenage daughter, Stanley Ann.