~In the year 1973, Oprah graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in Speech and Performing Arts, and became the first black TV news anchor with WTVF-TV.
~In the year 1987, Oprah won her first Emmy award for best talk/service show host and best show.
~Oprah received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Entertainer of the year award in 1989.
~In 1995, Oprah not only won an Emmy for Best Talk Show and Best Host for the second year in a row, but also kick started Oprah Online on AOL (American Online) in partnership with ABC. Oprah became the first woman and the only black on Forbes list of 400 richest Americans in the same year.
~In 1997 Oprah's Angel Network was formed, which encouraged people to make charitable contributions and volunteer work. In the same year, she co-authored another book, "Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey: A Portrait in Her Own Words" with Bill Adler.
~In 2002, Oprah received the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 2002 Emmy Awards for her services to television and film.
~In the year 2005, Oprah was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the year. She also ranked in 9th place in public poll of the greatest Americans.
~Oprah has invested $40 million and much of her time creating the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls near Johannesburg in South Africa, which started in January 2007.
~Her efforts were applauded by Nelson Mandela, who congratulated her for overcoming her own disadvantaged youth to become a benefactor for others, and for investing in the future of South Africa.