DAY IN A NUTSHELL
Barack Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination in front of 75,000 people at a Denver stadium. The historic nomination of an African-American candidate occurs 45 years to the day since Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech. Mr Obama promises to keep the American dream alive and give the US a better future. Other speakers include former Vice-President Al Gore and Martin Luther King III, son of the civil rights leader.
"This moment - this election - is our chance to keep, in the 21st Century, the American promise alive... And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look like the last eight."
Barack Obama makes an impassioned plea for change as he accepts the nomination
"We're all children of the dream, and he is in all our hearts and minds. But not only that, he is in the hopes and dreams, the competence and courage, the rightness and readiness of Barack Obama."
Martin Luther King III endorses Barack Obama on the 45th anniversary of his father's historic "I have a dream" speech
"Eight years ago, some said there was not much difference between the nominees of the two major parties and it didn't really matter who became president. Our nation was enjoying peace and prosperity. Some assumed we would continue both, no matter the outcome. But here we all are in 2008, and I doubt anyone would argue now that election didn't matter."
Former Vice-president Al Gore sets out his case for electing Barack Obama
"John McCain may pay hundreds of dollars for his shoes but we're the ones who will pay for his flip-flops."
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson uses humour in his attack against the Republican White House hopeful
"Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed so I want to stop and say congratulations. How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day. Tomorrow we'll be back at it but tonight, Senator, a job well done."
John McCain puts politics aside briefly as he recognises the historic nature of Mr Obama's nomination in a campaign advert
"Tonight, Americans witnessed a misleading speech that was so fundamentally at odds with the meagre record of Barack Obama. The fact remains, Barack Obama is still not ready to be president."
McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds dismisses Mr Obama's speech
Some 75,000 people cram into a sports stadium to hear Barack Obama's 44-minute-long acceptance speech.
A new Gallup daily tracking poll meanwhile suggests Mr Obama may be getting the first signs of a boost from the convention.
According to the poll, he leads Mr McCain 48% to 42% among registered voters, whereas before the convention began Gallup had the race locked in a tie, with both candidates on 45%.
However, a daily Rasmussen Reports national poll suggests the pair are still neck-and-neck at 47%.
Almost three-quarters of Democratic voters believe the convention has helped unify the party, according to another Rasmussen survey, with 84% saying Hillary Clinton's speech helped Mr Obama.
Almost seven in 10 Democratic voters believe Mrs Clinton genuinely wants Mr Obama to become president, the poll suggests, but only 45% of all voters surveyed believe that to be the case.
Barack Obama, seen with wife Michelle, said he accepted his party's nomination with gratitude and humility. He also thanked erstwhile rival Hillary Clinton.