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2008-2009 Timeline by Mind Map: 2008-2009 Timeline
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2008-2009 Timeline

Cullen Jones becomes the second African-American to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming as part of the U.S. swim team.

2008

First black president

In June, Senator Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to win the Democratic nomination for U.S. presidential candidate. Obama wins the presidential election on November 4th, becoming the first African-American president-elect.

First African American Governor

ieutenant Governor David Paterson becomes the first African-American governor of New York, and the first legally blind governor of any U.S. state.

Second African American to win a swimming metal

2009

Michael Jackson dies

In June 2009, 50-year-old pop icon Michael Jackson dies of cardiac arrest. His memorial service is broadcast internationally, attracting an audience of nearly one billion viewers and causing a surge in album sales. As a result of his death, Jackson becomes the best-selling artist of 2009.

First african Amerian first lady

Also This Year: Barack Obama is inaugurated on January 20, 2009, making him the 44th President of the United States, and the first African-American to hold the post. His wife, Michelle Obama, becomes the first African-American First Lady in U.S. history.

Susan rice

On January 22, 2009, foreign policy advisor Susan Rice becomes the first African-American woman to be the United States' U.N. Ambassador. On January 22, 2009, foreign policy advisor Susan Rice becomes the first African-American woman to be the United States' U.N. Ambassador.

Eric Holder

Attorney Eric Holder becomes the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on February 3, 2009, making him the first African-American to hold the position.

Darius Rucker

On November 11, 2009, musician Darius Rucker wins the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year Award - the first African-American to receive the honor.

First African American Tennis Champs

Tennis players Venus and Serena Williams become the first African-American world doubles tennis champions.

African American princess

In December, Disney unveils The Princess and the Frog, the studio's first animated film featuring an African-American princess.

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