Learn fun facts and look back on memorable moments from past Democratic National Conventions.
Learn fun facts and look back on memorable moments from past Democratic National Conventions with some trivia provided by CNN.
There have been many memorable DNC speeches. Among them is the 1988 speech from future Texas governor Ann Richards, who declared that George H.W. Bush was "born with a silver foot in his mouth."
Eleanor Roosevelt became the first first lady to address a national convention in 1940, saying, "We cannot tell from day to day what may come. This is no ordinary time, no time for thinking about anything except what we can best do for the country as a whole."
In his speech to the 1980 Democratic convention, Sen. Ted Kennedy said, "For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."
In 1976, Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas became the first African-American to give the keynote address at a Democratic convention. She also keynoted the 1992 convention.
Channing Phillips, a minister from Washington, D.C., became the first African-American to receive a vote at a Democratic convention in 1968, with 67.5 delegate votes.
Barack Obama was the last African-American to deliver a keynote address in 2004. Republicans have not featured an African-American keynote speaker since former Mississippi Rep. John Lynch in 1884.
Lewis Cass was the oldest person to win the Democratic presidential nomination at the 1848 Democratic convention. He was 65 years and 226 days old.
The youngest person to win the Democratic presidential nomination was William Jennings Bryan at 36 years, 110 days old during the 1896 convention.
Candidates often get some kind of bounce in the polls following political conventions. In 2008, Obama got a 2-point bounce following the DNC in Denver.
Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, remained steady in the polls at 48 percent after the GOP gathering in St. Paul, Minn.
In 1992, then-candidate Bill Clinton received a whopping boost of 16 points after the Democratic convention in New York City, going from 40 percent to 56 percent.
His opponent, Republican incumbent President George H. W. Bush, saw a modest gain of five points, increasing from 37 percent to 42 percent.
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