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  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Friday Nov 20, 1942

    Birth

    Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Friday Nov 20, 1942

    Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and lived there for ten years before moving with his family to Delaware. He became a lawyer in 1969 and was elected to the New Castle County Council in 1970.




  • Claymont, U.S.
    1961

    Archmere Academy graduation

    Claymont, U.S.
    1961

    Biden attended the Archmere Academy in Claymont where he was a standout halfback/wide receiver on the high school football team; he helped lead a perennially losing team to an undefeated season in his senior year. He played on the baseball team as well. During these years, he participated in an anti-segregation sit-in at a Wilmington theater. Academically, he was an above-average student, was considered a natural leader among the students, and was elected class president during his junior and senior years. He graduated in 1961.




  • Delaware, U.S.
    1965

    Double Major Bachelor

    Delaware, U.S.
    1965

    He earned his bachelor's in 1965 from the University of Delaware, with a double major in history and political science, graduating with a class rank of 506 out of 688. His classmates were impressed by his cramming abilities, and he played halfback with the Blue Hens freshman football team. In 1964, while on spring break in the Bahamas, he met and began dating Neilia Hunter, who was from an affluent background in Skaneateles, New York, and attended Syracuse University. He told her that he aimed to become a senator by the age of 30 and then president. He dropped a junior year plan to play for the varsity football team as a defensive back, enabling him to spend more time visiting out of state with her.




  • Skaneateles, New York, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 27, 1966

    Biden married Neilia Hunter

    Skaneateles, New York, U.S.
    Saturday Aug 27, 1966

    On August 27, 1966, Biden married Neilia Hunter (1942–1972), a student at Syracuse University, after overcoming her parents' reluctance for her to wed a Roman Catholic; the ceremony was held in a Catholic church in Skaneateles, New York. They had three children: Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III (1969–2015), Robert Hunter Biden (born 1970), and Naomi Christina "Amy" Biden (1971–1972).




  • Syracuse, New York, U.S.
    1968

    Biden earned a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law

    Syracuse, New York, U.S.
    1968

    In 1968, Biden earned a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law, ranked 76th in his class of 85, and was admitted to the Delaware bar in 1969. While in school, he received student draft deferments,[28] and afterward was classified as unavailable for military service due to asthma.




  • Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
    1968

    Biden clerked at a Wilmington law firm headed by prominent local Republican William Prickett

    Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
    1968

    In 1968, Biden clerked at a Wilmington law firm headed by prominent local Republican William Prickett and, he later said, "thought of myself as a Republican".




  • Delaware, U.S.
    1968

    Biden disliked incumbent Democratic Delaware governor Charles L. Terry's conservative racial politics

    Delaware, U.S.
    1968

    Biden disliked incumbent Democratic Delaware governor Charles L. Terry's conservative racial politics and supported a more liberal Republican, Russell W. Peterson, who defeated Terry in 1968. Biden was recruited by local Republicans but registered as an Independent because of his distaste for Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon.


  • Delaware, U.S.
    1969

    Biden practiced law first as a public defender

    Delaware, U.S.
    1969

    In 1969, Biden practiced law first as a public defender and then at a firm headed by a locally active Democrat who named him to the Democratic Forum, a group trying to reform and revitalize the state party; Biden subsequently reregistered as a Democrat.


  • New Castle County, Delaware, U.S.
    1970s

    Biden was elected to a county council seat

    New Castle County, Delaware, U.S.
    1970s

    Later that year Biden was elected to a county council seat in a usually Republican district of New Castle County, Delaware, running on a liberal platform that included support for public housing in the suburbs. Biden served on the council, while still practicing law, until 1972. He opposed large highway projects that might disrupt Wilmington neighborhoods.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    1972

    First U.S. Senate election

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    1972

    He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 when he became the sixth-youngest senator in American history.


  • Delaware, U.S.
    1972

    Biden defeated Republican incumbent J. Caleb Boggs to become the junior U.S. senator from Delaware

    Delaware, U.S.
    1972

    In 1972, Biden defeated Republican incumbent J. Caleb Boggs to become the junior U.S. senator from Delaware. He was the only Democrat willing to challenge Boggs. His campaign had almost no money, and he was given no chance of winning. Family members managed and staffed the campaign, which relied on meeting voters face-to-face and hand-distributing position papers, an approach made feasible by Delaware's small size.


  • U.S.
    1972

    Biden argued for strict adherence to the treaty (SALT I)

    U.S.
    1972

    When the Reagan administration wanted to interpret the 1972 SALT I treaty loosely to allow the development of the Strategic Defense Initiative, Biden argued for strict adherence to the treaty.


  • Hockessin, Delaware, U.S.
    Monday Dec 18, 1972

    Biden's wife and one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed

    Hockessin, Delaware, U.S.
    Monday Dec 18, 1972

    On December 18, 1972, a few weeks after the election, Biden's wife and one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in an automobile accident while Christmas shopping in Hockessin, Delaware.


  • Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
    Friday Jan 5, 1973

    Biden was sworn in by the secretary of the Senate Francis R. Valeo at the Delaware Division of the Wilmington Medical Center

    Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
    Friday Jan 5, 1973

    Biden was sworn in on January 5, 1973, by the secretary of the Senate Francis R. Valeo at the Delaware Division of the Wilmington Medical Center. Present were his sons Beau (whose leg was still in traction from the automobile accident) and Hunter and other family members. At 30, he was the sixth-youngest senator in U.S. history.


  • U.S.
    1970s

    Biden was one of the Senate's leading opponents of race-integration busing

    U.S.
    1970s

    In the mid-1970s, Biden was one of the Senate's leading opponents of race-integration busing. His Delaware constituents strongly opposed it, and such opposition nationwide later led his party to mostly abandon school integration policies.


  • U.S.
    May, 1974

    Biden voted to table a proposal containing anti-busing

    U.S.
    May, 1974

    In May 1974, Biden voted to table a proposal containing anti-busing and anti-desegregation clauses but later voted for a modified version containing a qualification that it was not intended to weaken the judiciary's power to enforce the 5th Amendment and 14th Amendment.


  • U.S.
    1975

    Biden and Jill Tracy Jacobs met

    U.S.
    1975

    Biden credits his second wife, teacher Jill Tracy Jacobs, with the renewal of his interest in politics and life; they met in 1975 on a blind date


  • U.S.
    1975

    Biden supported a proposal that would have prevented the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from cutting federal funds to districts that refused to integrate

    U.S.
    1975

    In 1975, Biden supported a proposal that would have prevented the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from cutting federal funds to districts that refused to integrate; he said busing was a "bankrupt idea [violating] the cardinal rule of common sense" and that his opposition would make it easier for other liberals to follow suit.


  • Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    1976

    Biden has received honorary degrees from the University of Scranton

    Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    1976

    Biden has received honorary degrees from the University of Scranton (1976).


  • New York, U.S.
    Friday Jun 17, 1977

    Biden and Jill Tracy Jacobs were married

    New York, U.S.
    Friday Jun 17, 1977

    Biden and Jill Tracy Jacobs were married at the United Nations Chapel in New York on June 17, 1977.


  • U.S.
    1979

    Congress failed to ratify the SALT II Treaty signed

    U.S.
    1979

    After Congress failed to ratify the SALT II Treaty signed in 1979 by Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev and President Jimmy Carter, Biden met with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko to communicate American concerns and secured changes that addressed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's objections.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    1981

    Biden became a ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    1981

    Biden became a ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1981.


  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    1981

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Saint Joseph's University

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    1981

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Saint Joseph's University (LL.D 1981).


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    1984

    Biden was a Democratic floor manager for the successful passage of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    1984

    In 1984, Biden was a Democratic floor manager for the successful passage of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act; over time, the law's tough-on-crime provisions became controversial and in 2019, Biden called his role in passing the bill a "big mistake".


  • U.S.
    1987

    Senate Judiciary Committee

    U.S.
    1987

    Biden was a long-time member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. He chaired it from 1987 until 1995 and he served as ranking minority member on it from 1981 until 1987 and again from 1995 until 1997.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 9, 1987

    Biden formally declared his candidacy for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination

    U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 9, 1987

    Biden formally declared his candidacy for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination on June 9, 1987.


  • U.S.
    Feb, 1988

    Biden was taken by ambulance to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for surgery to correct a leaking intracranial berry aneurysm

    U.S.
    Feb, 1988

    In February 1988, after several episodes of increasingly severe neck pain, Biden was taken by ambulance to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for surgery to correct a leaking intracranial berry aneurysm. While recuperating he suffered a pulmonary embolism, a serious complication. After a second aneurysm was surgically repaired in May, Biden's recuperation kept him away from the Senate for seven months.


  • Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
    1991

    Biden co-taught a seminar on constitutional law at Widener University School of Law

    Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
    1991

    From 1991 to 2008, Biden co-taught a seminar on constitutional law at Widener University School of Law. The seminar often had a waiting list. Biden sometimes flew back from overseas to teach the class.


  • U.S.
    1991

    Biden voted against authorization for the Gulf War

    U.S.
    1991

    Biden voted against authorization for the Gulf War in 1991, siding with 45 of the 55 Democratic senators; he said the U.S. was bearing almost all the burden in the anti-Iraq coalition.


  • U.S.
    1991

    Biden became interested in the Yugoslav Wars

    U.S.
    1991

    Biden became interested in the Yugoslav Wars after hearing about Serbian abuses during the Croatian War of Independence in 1991.


  • Then Yugoslavia
    Apr, 1993

    Biden spent a week in the Balkans

    Then Yugoslavia
    Apr, 1993

    In April 1993, Biden spent a week in the Balkans and held a tense three-hour meeting with Serbian leader Slobodan Milošević. Biden related that he had told Milošević, "I think you're a damn war criminal and you should be tried as one".


  • U.S.
    1993

    Biden voted for a provision that deemed homosexuality incompatible with military life

    U.S.
    1993

    In 1993, Biden voted for a provision that deemed homosexuality incompatible with military life, thereby banning gays from serving in the armed forces.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    1996

    Biden voted for the Defense of Marriage Act

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    1996

    In 1996, Biden voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, thereby barring individuals in such marriages from equal protection under federal law and allowing states to do the same; in 2015, the act was ruled unconstitutional in Obergefell v. Hodges.


  • U.S.
    1997

    Biden was also a longtime member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    U.S.
    1997

    Biden was also a longtime member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He became its ranking minority member in 1997, and chaired it from June 2001 to 2003 and 2007 to 2009.


  • U.S.
    1999

    Biden supported the 1999 NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

    U.S.
    1999

    In 1999, during the Kosovo War, Biden supported the 1999 NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He co-sponsored with John McCain the McCain-Biden Kosovo Resolution, which called on President Clinton to use all necessary force, including ground troops, to confront Milošević over Yugoslav actions toward ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.


  • Pennsylvania, U.S.
    2000

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Widener University School of Law

    Pennsylvania, U.S.
    2000

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Widener University School of Law (2000).


  • U.S.
    2001

    Biden was a strong supporter of the 2001 war in Afghanistan

    U.S.
    2001

    Biden was a strong supporter of the 2001 war in Afghanistan, saying, "Whatever it takes, we should do it." As head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden said in 2002 that Saddam Hussein was a threat to national security and there was no option but to "eliminate" that threat.


  • U.S.
    Oct, 2002

    Biden voted in favor of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq

    U.S.
    Oct, 2002

    In October 2002, Biden voted in favor of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq, approving the U.S. invasion of Iraq. As chair of the committee, he assembled a series of witnesses to testify in favor of the authorization. They gave testimony grossly misrepresenting the intent, history and status of Saddam and his secular government, which was an avowed enemy of al-Qaida, and touting Iraq's fictional possession of weapons of mass destruction.


  • Massachusetts, U.S.
    2003

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Emerson College

    Massachusetts, U.S.
    2003

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Emerson College (2003).


  • Delaware, U.S.
    2003

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Delaware State University

    Delaware, U.S.
    2003

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Delaware State University (2003).


  • Delaware, U.S.
    2004

    Biden has received his alma mater the University of Delaware

    Delaware, U.S.
    2004

    Biden has received his alma mater the University of Delaware (LL.D 2004).


  • Massachusetts, U.S.
    2005

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Suffolk University Law School

    Massachusetts, U.S.
    2005

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Suffolk University Law School (2005).


  • U.S.
    Nov, 2006

    Released a comprehensive strategy to end sectarian violence in Iraq

    U.S.
    Nov, 2006

    In November 2006, Biden and Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, released a comprehensive strategy to end sectarian violence in Iraq. Rather than continuing the present approach or withdrawing, the plan called for "a third way": federalizing Iraq and giving Kurds, Shiites, and Sunnis "breathing room" in their own regions.


  • U.S.
    2006

    Opposed the troop surge of 2007

    U.S.
    2006

    By late 2006, Biden's stance had shifted considerably, and he opposed the troop surge of 2007, saying General David Petraeus was "dead, flat wrong" in believing the surge could work. Biden instead advocated dividing Iraq into a loose federation of three ethnic states.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 31, 2007

    2008 presidential campaign

    U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 31, 2007

    Biden declared his candidacy for president on January 31, 2007, after having discussed running for months prior. Biden made a formal announcement to Tim Russert on Meet the Press, stating he would "be the best Biden I can be". In January 2006, Delaware newspaper columnist Harry F. Themal wrote that Biden "occupies the sensible center of the Democratic Party". Themal concludes that this is the position Biden desires and that in a campaign "he plans to stress the dangers to the security of the average American, not just from the terrorist threat, but from the lack of health assistance, crime, and energy dependence on unstable parts of the world".


  • U.S.
    2008

    Post-election transition

    U.S.
    2008

    Soon after the election, he was appointed the chairman of president-elect Obama's transition team. During the transition phase of the Obama administration, Biden said he was in daily meetings with Obama and that McCain was still his friend. The U.S. Secret Service codename given to Biden is "Celtic", referencing his Irish roots.


  • U.S.
    2008

    2008 Vice Presidential campaign

    U.S.
    2008

    Biden declared his candidacy for president on January 31, 2007, after having discussed running for months prior. Biden made a formal announcement to Tim Russert on Meet the Press, stating he would "be the best Biden I can be." In January 2006, Delaware newspaper columnist Harry F. Themal wrote that Biden "occupies the sensible center of the Democratic Party." Thermal concludes that this is the position Biden desires and that in a campaign "he plans to stress the dangers to the security of the average American, not just from the terrorist threat, but from the lack of health assistance, crime, and energy dependence on unstable parts of the world."


  • U.S.
    May, 2008

    Biden sharply criticized President George W. Bush for a speech to Israel's Knesset

    U.S.
    May, 2008

    In May 2008, Biden sharply criticized President George W. Bush for a speech to Israel's Knesset in which he compared some Democrats to Western leaders who appeased Hitler before World War II; Biden called the speech "bullshit", "malarkey", and "outrageous". He later apologized for his language.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 4, 2008

    2008 Vice President election

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 4, 2008

    On November 4, 2008, Biden was elected Vice President of the United States as Obama's running mate.


  • Pakistan
    2008

    Biden shared with fellow senator Richard Lugar the Government of Pakistan's Hilal-i-Pakistan award

    Pakistan
    2008

    Also in 2008, Biden shared with fellow senator Richard Lugar the Government of Pakistan's Hilal-i-Pakistan award "in recognition of their consistent support for Pakistan".


  • U.S.
    2008

    Biden received Working Mother magazine's Best of Congress Award

    U.S.
    2008

    In 2008, Biden received Working Mother magazine's Best of Congress Award for "improving the American quality of life through family-friendly work policies".


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 20, 2009

    Vice President

    U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 20, 2009

    Biden was the running mate of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and became the first Roman Catholic to serve as vice president of the United States.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 20, 2009

    First term (2009–2013)

    U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 20, 2009

    At noon on January 20, 2009, Joe Biden became the 47th vice president of the United States, sworn into the office by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Biden is the first United States vice president from Delaware and the first Roman Catholic to attain that office.


  • Kosovo
    May, 2009

    Biden visited Kosovo

    Kosovo
    May, 2009

    In May, Biden visited Kosovo and affirmed the U.S. position that its "independence is irreversible".


  • U.S.
    Jul, 2009

    Biden acknowledged that the administration had "misread how bad the economy was"

    U.S.
    Jul, 2009

    Confronted with rising unemployment through July 2009, Biden acknowledged that the administration had "misread how bad the economy was" but maintained confidence the stimulus package would create many more jobs once the pace of expenditures picked up.


  • U.S.
    2009

    Biden lost an internal debate to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about sending 21,000 new troops to Afghanistan

    U.S.
    2009

    Biden lost an internal debate to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about sending 21,000 new troops to Afghanistan, but his skepticism was valued, and in 2009, Biden's views gained more influence as Obama reconsidered his Afghanistan strategy.


  • Kosovo
    2009

    Kosovo gave Biden the Golden Medal of Freedom

    Kosovo
    2009

    In 2009, Kosovo gave Biden the Golden Medal of Freedom, the region's highest award, for his vocal support for its independence in the late 1990s.


  • New York, U.S.
    2009

    Biden has received his other alma mater Syracuse University

    New York, U.S.
    2009

    Biden has received his other alma mater Syracuse University (LL.D 2009).


  • North Carolina, U.S.
    2009

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Wake Forest University

    North Carolina, U.S.
    2009

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Wake Forest University (LL.D 2009).


  • Delaware, New York, U.S.
    2009

    Biden is an inductee of the Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association Hall of Fame

    Delaware, New York, U.S.
    2009

    Biden is an inductee of the Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association Hall of Fame.


  • Iraq
    Jan, 2010

    Biden visited Iraq

    Iraq
    Jan, 2010

    In January 2010, Biden visited Iraq in the midst of turmoil over banned candidates from the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary election resulted in 59 of the several hundred candidates being reinstated by the Iraqi government two days later.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 23, 2010

    A big fucking deal

    U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 23, 2010

    On March 23, 2010, a microphone picked up Biden telling the president that his signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was "a big fucking deal" during live national news telecasts. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs replied on Twitter, "And yes Mr. Vice President, you're right ...".


  • Rustenburg, South Africa
    Friday Jun 11, 2010

    Biden represented the United States at the opening ceremony of the World Cup

    Rustenburg, South Africa
    Friday Jun 11, 2010

    On June 11, 2010, Biden represented the United States at the opening ceremony of the World Cup, attended the England v. U.S. game, and visited Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa.


  • U.S.
    Oct, 2010

    2012 re-election campaign

    U.S.
    Oct, 2010

    In October 2010, Biden stated that Obama had asked him to remain as his running mate for the 2012 presidential election. With Obama's popularity on the decline, however, in late 2011 White House Chief of Staff William M. Daley conducted some secret polling and focus group research into the idea of Secretary of State Clinton replacing Biden on the ticket. The notion was dropped when the results showed no appreciable improvement for Obama, and White House officials later said that Obama had never entertained the idea.


  • U.S.
    Oct, 2010

    Biden said Obama had asked him to remain as his running mate for the 2012 presidential election

    U.S.
    Oct, 2010

    In October 2010, Biden said Obama had asked him to remain as his running mate for the 2012 presidential election, but with Obama's popularity on the decline, White House Chief of Staff William M. Daley conducted some secret polling and focus group research in late 2011 on the idea of replacing Biden on the ticket with Hillary Clinton.


  • U.S.
    Dec, 2010

    Biden's advocacy for a middle ground

    U.S.
    Dec, 2010

    In December 2010, Biden's advocacy for a middle ground, followed by his negotiations with Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, were instrumental in producing the administration's compromise tax package that included a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts.


  • U.S.
    2011

    Biden supported the NATO-led military intervention in Libya

    U.S.
    2011

    In foreign policy, Biden supported the NATO-led military intervention in Libya in 2011.


  • U.S.
    Mar, 2011

    Obama delegated Biden to lead negotiations between Congress and the White House in resolving federal spending levels

    U.S.
    Mar, 2011

    In March 2011, Obama delegated Biden to lead negotiations between Congress and the White House in resolving federal spending levels for the rest of the year and avoiding a government shutdown.


  • U.S.
    May, 2011

    "Biden panel" with six congressional members was trying to reach a bipartisan deal on raising the U.S. debt ceiling as part of an overall deficit reduction plan

    U.S.
    May, 2011

    By May 2011, a "Biden panel" with six congressional members was trying to reach a bipartisan deal on raising the U.S. debt ceiling as part of an overall deficit reduction plan.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 2, 2011

    Budget Control Act of 2011

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 2, 2011

    The U.S. debt ceiling crisis developed over the next few months, but Biden's relationship with McConnell again proved key in breaking a deadlock and bringing about a deal to resolve it, in the form of the Budget Control Act of 2011, signed on August 2, 2011, the same day an unprecedented U.S. default had loomed.


  • U.S.
    May, 2012

    "Absolutely Comfortable"

    U.S.
    May, 2012

    Biden's May 2012 statement that he was "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage gained considerable public attention in comparison to Obama's position, which had been described as "evolving".


  • U.S.
    Dec, 2012

    Obama named Biden to head the Gun Violence Task Force

    U.S.
    Dec, 2012

    In December 2012, Obama named Biden to head the Gun Violence Task Force, created to address the causes of gun violence in the United States in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.


  • U.S.
    Sunday Jan 20, 2013

    Second term (2013–2017)

    U.S.
    Sunday Jan 20, 2013

    Biden was inaugurated to a second term in the early morning of January 20, 2013, at a small ceremony in his official residence with Justice Sonia Sotomayor presiding (a public ceremony took place on January 21). He continued to be at the forefront as, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Obama administration put forth executive orders and proposed legislation towards new gun control measures (the legislation failed to pass).


  • U.S.
    Sunday Jan 20, 2013

    Biden was inaugurated to a second term as a Vice President

    U.S.
    Sunday Jan 20, 2013

    Biden was inaugurated to a second term on January 20, 2013, at a small ceremony at Number One Observatory Circle, his official residence, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor presiding (a public ceremony took place on January 21).


  • Pennsylvania, U.S.
    2013

    Biden has received honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania, U.S.
    2013

    Biden has received honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (LL.D 2013).


  • U.S.
    2014

    "To the gates of hell"

    U.S.
    2014

    Biden favored arming Syria's rebel fighters. As Iraq fell apart during 2014, a renewed attention was paid to the Biden-Gelb Iraqi federalization plan of 2006, with some observers suggesting Biden had been right all along. Biden himself said the U.S. would follow ISIL "to the gates of hell".


  • Miami, Florida, U.S.
    2014

    Biden has received honorary degrees from the Miami Dade College

    Miami, Florida, U.S.
    2014

    Biden has received honorary degrees from the Miami Dade College (2014).


  • South Carolina, U.S.
    2014

    Biden has received honorary degrees from the University of South Carolina

    South Carolina, U.S.
    2014

    Biden has received honorary degrees from the University of South Carolina (DPA 2014).


  • U.S.
    Mar, 2015

    Skip Netanyahu's speech

    U.S.
    Mar, 2015

    In 2015, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell invited Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress without notifying the Obama administration. This defiance of protocol led Biden and more than 50 congressional Democrats to skip Netanyahu's speech.


  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
    Saturday May 30, 2015

    Death of Beau Biden

    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
    Saturday May 30, 2015

    On May 30, 2015, Biden's son, Beau Biden, died at age 46 after having battled brain cancer for several years. In a statement, the Vice President's office said, "The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words." The nature and seriousness of the illness had not been previously disclosed to the public, and Biden had quietly reduced his public schedule in order to spend more time with his son. At the time of his death, Beau Biden had been widely seen as the frontrunner to be the Democratic nominee for Governor of Delaware in 2016.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 21, 2015

    Biden announced his decision not to run for president in 2016

    U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 21, 2015

    On October 21, speaking from a podium in the Rose Garden with his wife and Obama by his side, Biden announced his decision not to run for president in 2016. In January 2016, Biden affirmed that it was the right decision, but admitted to regretting not running for president "every day".


  • Kyiv, Ukraine
    Tuesday Dec 8, 2015

    Biden spoke in Ukraine's parliament

    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Tuesday Dec 8, 2015

    On December 8, 2015, Biden spoke in Ukraine's parliament in Kyiv in one of his many visits to set U.S. aid and policy stance on Ukraine.


  • U.S.
    2015

    Biden pressured the Ukrainian parliament to remove Shokin

    U.S.
    2015

    In 2015, Biden pressured the Ukrainian parliament to remove Shokin because the United States, the European Union, and other international organizations considered Shokin corrupt and ineffective, and in particular because Shokin was not assertively investigating Burisma. The withholding of the $1 billion in aid was part of this official policy.


  • U.S.
    Friday Jun 10, 2016

    Biden endorsed Hillary Clinton

    U.S.
    Friday Jun 10, 2016

    After Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton on June 9, 2016, Biden endorsed her later that day.


  • Serbia
    Aug, 2016

    Biden visited Serbia

    Serbia
    Aug, 2016

    In August 2016, Biden visited Serbia, where he met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and expressed his condolences for civilian victims of the bombing campaign during the Kosovo War.


  • Dublin, Ireland
    2016

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Trinity College

    Dublin, Ireland
    2016

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Trinity College (LL.D 2016).


  • Waterville, Maine, U.S.
    2017

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Colby College

    Waterville, Maine, U.S.
    2017

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Colby College (LL.D 2017).


  • Maryland, U.S.
    2017

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Morgan State University

    Maryland, U.S.
    2017

    Biden has received honorary degrees from Morgan State University (DPS 2017).


  • U.S.
    Thursday Apr 25, 2019

    Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign

    U.S.
    Thursday Apr 25, 2019

    The 2020 presidential campaign of Joe Biden began on April 25, 2019, when Biden released a video announcing his candidacy in the 2020 Democratic party presidential primaries. Joe Biden, the former vice president of the United States and a former U.S. senator from Delaware, had been the subject of widespread speculation as a potential 2020 candidate after declining to be a candidate in the 2016 election. As a former vice president, Biden entered the race with very high name recognition. From his campaign announcement until late September, he was generally considered the front runner of the race and led the national primary in most major polls.


  • Ukraine
    Sep, 2019

    It was reported that Trump had pressured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate alleged wrongdoing by Biden and his son Hunter Biden

    Ukraine
    Sep, 2019

    In September 2019, it was reported that Trump had pressured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate alleged wrongdoing by Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Despite the allegations, as of September 2019, no evidence has been produced of any wrongdoing by the Bidens. The media widely interpreted this pressure to investigate the Bidens as trying to hurt Biden's chances of winning the presidency, resulting in a political scandal and Trump's impeachment by the House of Representatives.


  • U.S.
    2019

    Trump and his allies falsely accused Biden of getting the Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin fired because he was supposedly pursuing an investigation into Burisma Holdings

    U.S.
    2019

    Beginning in 2019, Trump and his allies falsely accused Biden of getting the Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin fired because he was supposedly pursuing an investigation into Burisma Holdings, which employed Hunter Biden. Biden was accused of withholding $1 billion in aid from Ukraine in this effort.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 8, 2020

    Sanders suspended his campaign

    U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 8, 2020

    When Sanders suspended his campaign on April 8, 2020, Biden became the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for president.


  • U.S.
    Monday Apr 13, 2020

    Sanders endorsed Biden in a live-streamed discussion from their homes

    U.S.
    Monday Apr 13, 2020

    On April 13, Sanders endorsed Biden in a live-streamed discussion from their homes.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 14, 2020

    Former President Barack Obama endorsed Biden

    U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 14, 2020

    Former President Barack Obama endorsed Biden the next day.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 11, 2020

    Biden announced U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California as his running mate

    U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 11, 2020

    On August 11, Biden announced U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California as his running mate, making her the first African American and South Asian American vice-presidential nominee on a major-party ticket.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 18, 2020

    Biden was officially nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention

    U.S.
    Tuesday Aug 18, 2020

    On August 18, 2020, Biden was officially nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention as the Democratic Party nominee for president in the 2020 election.


  • U.S.
    Nov, 2020

    Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States

    U.S.
    Nov, 2020

    Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States in November 2020.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 11, 2020

    Biden chose Ron Klain as his White House Chief of Staff

    U.S.
    Wednesday Nov 11, 2020

    On November 11, 2020, Biden chose Ron Klain as his White House Chief of Staff. Klain was a Senate aide to Biden in the 1980s, Biden's first chief of staff as Vice President, and chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore.


  • U.S.
    Monday Nov 23, 2020

    Biden made his first national security nominations and appointments

    U.S.
    Monday Nov 23, 2020

    On November 23, 2020, Biden made his first national security nominations and appointments, nominating Antony Blinken for Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas for Secretary of Homeland Security, Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence, Jake Sullivan for National Security Advisor, Linda Thomas-Greenfield for United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and former Secretary of State John Kerry for Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.


  • U.S.
    Monday Nov 23, 2020

    General Services Administrator Emily W. Murphy formally recognized Biden as the apparent winner of the 2020 election

    U.S.
    Monday Nov 23, 2020

    Also on November 23, General Services Administrator Emily W. Murphy formally recognized Biden as the apparent winner of the 2020 election and authorized the start of a transition process to the Biden administration.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Dec 10, 2020

    Biden and Harris were jointly named Time Person of the Year

    U.S.
    Thursday Dec 10, 2020

    On December 10, 2020, Biden and Harris were jointly named Time Person of the Year.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 20, 2021

    Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Wednesday Jan 20, 2021

    Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021. At the age of 78, he is the oldest person to have assumed the office. He is the second Catholic president (the other being John F. Kennedy) and the first president whose home state is Delaware.