Most compelling moments from the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

This year's Democratic National Convention and Republican National Conventions were marked by compelling speeches, powerful protests and history-making moments. Here are the key events:

2016 Democratic National Convention
July 25-28, Philadelphia


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands on stage after speaking during the fourth day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik



Former President Bill Clinton hugs his wife Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo


Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan and his wife Ghazala speak during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo


LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride speaks as Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-NY, Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus listens at the convention on July 28, 2016.


President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves to delegates at the conclusion of President Obama's speech.

Mark J. Terrill/AP



Former President Bill Clinton speaks during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard nominates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT., for President of the U.S. during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 26, 2016.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP



Demonstrators block the street during a protest in Philadelphia, July 26, 2016, during the second day of the Democratic National Convention.

John Minchillo/AP


Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and the Vermont delegates cast their votes on the second day of the the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 26, 2016.

Matt Rourke/AP


Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster










2016 Republican National Convention
July 18-21, Cleveland


Confetti and balloons fall during celebrations after Donald Trump's acceptance speech on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Evan Vucci/AP


Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP


Wes Nakagiri wears a Hillary Clinton mask and holds up handcuffs as he walks across the floor before the start of the final session of the Republican National Convention.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite


Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, addresses the delegates during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo


Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., gestures as he arrives on stage to deliver his acceptance speech during the third day session of the RNC.

Mary Altaffer/AP Photo


Immigrant rights activists protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Cleveland, during the third day of the Republican convention

AP Photo/John Minchillo


Eric Trump, son of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, tests the speaking setup before the third day session of the GOP 2016 Convention, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

AP Photo/John Locher


Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump applauds as he steps to the podium to introduce his wife Melania during the opening day of the Republican National Convention.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo


Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump walks to the stage as Donald Trump introduces her during the opening day of the Republican National Convention

Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo


Kansas delegate Beverly Gossage cheers as Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., speaks during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.

Carolyn Kaster/AP

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