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It's history. In the city where the Founding Fathers declared independence from King George III, the Democrats crowned Hillary Clinton as the first woman presidential nominee of a major party. Here are some highlights of the four-day gathering in Philadelphia.
Days before the convention, WikiLeaks posted thousands of hacked emails of Democratic National Committee leaders. The messages, allegedly acquired and disclosed by Russia, showed that party officials had worked to sabotage Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was supposed to wield the gavel at the convention, instead announced her resignation. In this photo, the Florida congresswoman appeared at a breakfast for her home state's delegation on Convention Day 1. Her comments were interrupted with jeers and boos.
"Bernie or Bust people" and other supporters of the Vermont senator ...
... took to the streets of Philadelphia ...
... and danced to the music in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, across Broad Street from the Wells Fargo Center.
Inside the hall, Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman took the stage with fellow comedian Sen. Al Franken, who backed Clinton. Silverman announced she would vote for Clinton "with gusto," while staying true to "the ideals set forth by Bernie." Sanders die-hards chanted "Bernie," prompting Silverman to fire back: "To the 'Bernie or Bust' people, you're being ridiculous. "
First lady Michelle Obama told the convention that elections are "about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives. ... There is only one person who I trust with that responsibility … and that is our friend, Hillary Clinton," she declared. ...
... eliciting a standing ovation.
Another first night speaker, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, ripped into Donald Trump, saying the Republican presidential nominee offered no serious policy other than a "stupid wall that will never get built." In this photo, the Massachusetts senator is greeted by Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III.
Sanders also addressed the convention that night, getting a three-minute ovation before he pleaded for his followers to get behind Clinton. "I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process," Sanders said. "I think it's fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am." ...
... but that didn't stop the tears.
The Day 2 roll call of states ended with Sanders declaring that the convention should hand the nomination to Clinton by acclaim. In this photo, Sanders gets a hug from his wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, after he announces that his home state had voted for Clinton.
On Night 2, former President Bill Clinton got his turn to speak. He shared memories — critics said airbrushed ones — of his relationship with his wife. "For this time, Hillary is uniquely qualified to seize the opportunities and reduce the risks we face," he said. "And she is still the best darn change maker I have ever known. "
None of the speakers at the convention was more eviscerating of Trump than fellow New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg. "I'm a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one," the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent former mayor said.
Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, also wasn't so kind to the GOP nominee. On Night 3, the Virginia U.S. senator riffed on Trump's "believe me" mantra: "Does anybody in this massive auditorium believe that Donald Trump's been paying his fair share of taxes?"
He made his own history — as the nation's first African-American president — after blocking Hillary Clinton's 2008 bid to become the first woman president. "I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill, more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America," President Barack Obama said of his former secretary of state. "I hope you don't mind, Bill, but I was just telling the truth, man."
Chelsea Clinton, now 36 and a mother of two, shared a unique perspective of her mother as a loving mom filled with compassion for the needy. "She never, ever, forgets who she's fighting for," she said.
"We will not build a wall. Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good, paying job can get one," Clinton said in accepting the nomination, "with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise."
Clinton and Kaine celebrate one more time before hitting the campaign trail for the final stretch of the 2016 election.
Correction: This story was revised to correct to King George III.