Obama officially first African-American presidential nominee

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UNCUT: Obama's nomination acceptance speech
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DENVER - Some 84,000 people packed Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High to see Barack Obama make history.

The Illinois senator has become the first black American to accept the presidential nomination of a major political party.

Local officials say the stadium held more than its normal capacity for Denver Bronco football games because many extra seats were placed on the field.

There were constant flashes throughout the stadium from those trying to get a visual record of the event.

When Obama's speech concluded, pyrotechnics spewed from the rear of the podium. Streamers dropped on Obama, his family and running mate Joe Biden and his wife, who joined him in waving to the crowd.