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Condoleezza Rice

Nov. 14, 1954
Condoleezza Rice is born in Birmingham, Alabama. Her parents, John and Angelena Rice, took her name from the Italian musical term "con dolcezza," which means to perform "with sweetness."

Rice graduates from the University of Denver with a degree in political science. She followed that with a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1975.

A one-time Democrat, Rice switches sides and joins the Republican Party.

Rice leaves her White House position to return to Stanford.

At the invitation of former President Bush, Rice meets with his son, George W. Bush, who is considering running for president. She stepped down as Stanford provost on July 1, 1999, to join Bush's campaign.

Sept. 11, 2001
Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney are taken to a secure facility at the White House after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

At age 15, Rice enrolls at the University of Denver as a music major. She later changes her major to political science.

After receiving a doctorate from Denver in 1981, she is hired by Stanford University as a political science professor.

Rice is appointed to the National Security Council in the first Bush administration as director of Soviet and East European Affairs. She later becomes senior director and is named a special assistant to the president for national security affairs.

Rice is appointed Stanford's provost -- the chief academic and budget officer for the university. She is the youngest person, first woman and the first nonwhite to hold the position.

Dec. 17, 2000
President-elect George W. Bush names Rice to be his national security adviser, the first woman to hold that Cabinet-level position in U.S. history.

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