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Joe Biden's journey to become 46th president of the United States started almost 78 years ago in northern Pennsylvania.
1942: Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to Joseph Robinette Biden Sr., a car dealership manager, and wife, Jean. He was the first of five children.
1953: The Biden family moves to Delaware.
1965: Earns a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware, where he plays (very little) football and double-majors in history and political science.
1966: Marries his first wife, Neilia Hunter.
1968: Graduates from Syracuse University College of Law and moves to Wilmington, where he sets up his own law firm.
1970: Takes a seat on the New Castle County Council.
December 1972: Biden's wife, Neilia Hunter, and their 13-month-old daughter, Naomi Christina "Amy" Biden, are killed in a car crash that injures the couple's sons, Hunter and Beau, not long before Christmas.
1973: Sworn into Senate at the age of 30 at his sons' hospital bedside. He becomes the fifth-youngest person to serve in the Senate.
1977: Marries Jill Tracy Jacobs of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
1978: Defeats James Baxter to win a second term.
1984: Wins a third term in the Senate over John Burris.
1987: As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, presides over hearings for Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, who was not confirmed.
1987: In June, announces plans to run for president in 1988. He withdraws from the presidential race in September after questions are raised about attribution of quotes in a campaign speech. Michael Dukakis is the nominee.
1988: Undergoes operations for a near-fatal aneurysm near his brain after suffering from headaches, and surgery for blood clots in his lungs.
1990: Defeats M. Jane Brady for a fourth Senate term.
1991: As Senate Judiciary chairman, leads tumultuous confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, who was accused of sexual harassment. Biden was criticized for his handling of the hearing for Thomas' accuser, Anita Hill.
1994: Writes $30.2 billion Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that legislates hiring of 100,000 police nationwide.
1996: Wins reelection over Republican Ray Clatworthy.
1997: Becomes the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. He serves as the chairman of the committee from 2001 to 2003 and from January 2007 until he resigns.
1999: Votes to acquit President Bill Clinton in his impeachment trial.
2000: Becomes Delaware's senior senator when Gov. Tom Carper defeats longtime Republican Sen. Bill Roth in the contest for the state's other seat.
2000: Writes Violence Against Women Act, a package of laws against domestic violence that targets billions of dollars to fight gender-based crime.
2002: Beats Ray Clatworthy, again, in the Senate race.
2007: Announces his second bid for president.
2008: In January, Biden drops out of the presidential race after a fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. Biden appears in Springfield, Illinois, in August with Barack Obama after agreeing to be his running mate.
2008: Defeats Christine O'Donnell in his Senate race. Ted Kaufman is appointed to the seat.
2009: Biden is inaugurated the vice president of the United States, the highest office ever held by a Delawarean.
2011: Obama tasks Biden with negotiating with Congress in the debate over reducing the federal deficit and raising the debt ceiling.
2012: Obama and Biden are reelected, beating Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
2014: Biden gives the commencement address at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, for the fourth time.
2015: Biden's son Beau dies of brain cancer. Sympathy for the Biden family pours in from all over the country; Obama gives Beau's eulogy in Wilmington. Biden announces in the fall that he will be not run for president, ending months of speculation.
2016: Obama's State of Union address charges Biden with leading an effort to accelerate finding a cure for cancer. Biden is scheduled to deliver an address at the Democratic National Convention.
2017: In January, outgoing President Obama awards Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. The University of Delaware launches the Biden Institute, of which Biden is the founding chair. The institute is a research and policy center focused on developing solutions to domestic policy issues. In November, Biden releases the book "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose," about the time from his eldest son's cancer diagnosis until his death.
2018: The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy & Global Engagement opens. Biden serves as the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor for the center. In August, he delivers a tearful eulogy for his longtime friend Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
April 25, 2019: After months of speculation, Biden enters the race for the Democratic nomination for president, making his announcement with a video posted to social media. He becomes an instant front-runner in a crowded field, then fades in the ensuing months, performing poorly in early primaries. He makes a resounding comeback, starting in South Carolina.
March 3, 2020: Biden wins a majority of Super Tuesday states to lead in delegates. He wins Minnesota and sweeps the South, including Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina and Virginia. Bernie Sanders holds on by winning the big prize of the night, California.
April 8, 2020: Sanders drops out of the race, making Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee.
April 14, 2020: Former President Obama says he's "so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States."
Aug. 20, 2020: In a strange, socially distanced Democratic convention held partly in Wilmington, Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, officially accept the Democratic nomination for president, kicking off a race to Election Day amid a pandemic.
Nov. 7, 2020: The presidential race is called for Biden, making it official: He will be the nation's 46th president.
This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Joe Biden victory timeline: From Scranton, Pennsylvania, to White House