35 Years of People

1974 to Now: PEOPLE's Biggest Stories

Celebrate our 35th anniversary with the newsmakers (Princess Diana! President Obama!) who shocked, moved and warmed the hearts of readers over the years


After 135 million ballots are tallied, Sen. Barack Obama beats Sen. John McCain to become the first black man elected President of the United States. "For even as we celebrate tonight," he says, "we know that the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime."

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