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Bill Clinton: what you should know about his life and his political career


Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States. Here we share the most relevant data of his life and his political career.

President Bill Clinton with his dog, later named Buddy, a three-month-old chocolate lab puppy.

The cub was joined by the White House cat, Socks.

Source: Hulton Archive

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Bill Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States.

Here we share the most relevant data of his life and his political career.

Personal information

Date of birth:

August 19, 1946

Place of birth:

Hope, Arkansas.

Birth name:

William Jefferson Blythe III


William Blythe



Virginia (Kelley) Blythe


Hillary (Rodham) Clinton (October 11, 1975-present)


Chelsea Victoria, February 27, 1980


Georgetown University, 1968;

Oxford University, Rhodes Scholar, 1968-1970;

Yale University, Juris Doctor, 1973



Other data

Bill and Hillary Clinton were married on October 11, 1975 (Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Clinton was born three months after her father, William Blythe, died in a car accident.

In her teens, Clinton adopted her stepfather's surname, Roger Clinton.

He was the first Democrat since Franklin Delano Roosevelt to be elected to a second presidential term.

He was the second president of the United States to be impeached.

The first was Andrew Johnson, in 1868.

He was nominated for four Grammy Awards and won twice.


1972 -

He leads the Texas campaign for Democratic presidential candidate George S. McGovern.

1974 -

Unsuccessfully runs for the Arkansas House of the Third Congressional District.

1976 - He

is elected attorney general of the state of Arkansas.

1978 - He

is elected Governor of Arkansas, at age 32.

1980 -

Loses reelection of governor.

1982 - He

wins the elections for governor.

1984 - He

is reelected as Governor of Arkansas.

He was also reelected in 1986 and 1990.

October 3, 1991 -

Announces his campaign for the US presidency.

June 3, 1992-

Clinton plays the saxophone on "The Arsenio Hall Show."

November 3, 1992 - He

is elected president, defeating George HW Bush and H. Ross Perot.

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January 20, 1993 - He

is sworn in as the 42nd president.

November 30, 1993 -

Enacts the Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Act).

The law requires a background check and a five-day waiting period for the purchase of firearms.

December 8, 1993 -

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) becomes law, entering into force on January 1, 1994.

May 6, 1994 -

Paula Corbin Jones, a former Arkansas state employee, files a federal civil lawsuit in Little Rock, Arkansas, accusing Clinton of making "persistent and continuous" sexual advances toward her during a business conference in May of 1991, when Clinton was the governor of Arkansas.

August 1994 -

Kenneth Starr is appointed special prosecutor to investigate a failed real estate company known as Whitewater.

September 13, 1994 -

Clinton enacts the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. The bill increases funding for Police Departments and imposes more severe prison sentences for federal crimes.

November 5, 1996 -

Clinton is reelected for a second term.

February 25, 1997 -

The White House releases 1995 documents showing Clinton had approved plans to reward Democratic Party donors with overnight stays in Lincoln's bedroom.

January 17, 1998 -

During a video statement from Jones' attorneys, Clinton denies having a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

January 21, 1998 -

The story about Lewinsky's accusations breaks into the press.

The allegations come to light after Starr learns of the audiotapes in which Lewinsky describes the alleged romance and cover-up of an informant, Linda Tripp.

January 26, 1998 -

Clinton declares: "I did not have sex with that woman."

February 2, 1998 -

Clinton signs the first balanced budget since 1969.

August 6, 1998 -

Lewinsky testifies before a grand jury about his relationship with Clinton.

August 17, 1998 -

Clinton testifies before the investigating jury and admits to having had "inappropriate intimate contact" with Lewinsky, but says they did not constitute sexual intercourse because there was no intercourse.

September 11, 1998 -

The House of Representatives releases the Starr Report to the public.

October 8, 1998 -

The House of Representatives votes 258-176 to begin an impeachment inquiry against Clinton.

November 13, 1998 -

Clinton agrees to pay Jones $ 850,000 to settle his sexual harassment lawsuit.

December 11-12, 1998 -

The House Judiciary Committee passes four articles of impeachment against Clinton, accusing him of lying under oath, obstructing justice, and abusing his presidential power in an effort to conceal a sexual relationship with Lewinsky.

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December 16, 1998 - The

United States and Britain launch four days of airstrikes against Iraq after months of trying and failing to get Saddam Hussein to cooperate with UN weapons inspectors.

December 19, 1998 -

The Plenary of the House of Representatives approves two of the four articles (perjury and obstruction of justice).

Clinton becomes the second president in US history to be impeached.

January 7, 1999 -

Trial begins in the Senate on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

February 12, 1999 -

The Senate trial ends with an acquittal.

The vote on the perjury charge is 55-45 and the obstruction of justice charge is split 50-50.

A two-thirds majority, or 67 votes, was required for conviction.

September 20, 2000 -

After six years, independent attorney Robert Ray closes the Whitewater investigation, exempting the Clintons from any wrongdoing.

January 15, 2001 -

A cancerous lesion is removed from Clinton's back.

Doctors determine that the cancer has not spread and do not consider it serious.

January 19, 2001 -

The day before leaving office, Clinton agrees to relinquish her Arkansas attorney license for five years and pay a $ 25,000 fine to the state Bar, ending the efforts of the Arkansas Bar Committee. Professional Conduct of the Arkansas Supreme Court to disqualify you.

January 20, 2001 -

Hours before leaving office, Clinton pardons 141 people, including Whitewater figure Susan McDougal and publishing heir Patty Hearst.

The most controversial pardon is that of financier Marc Rich, who had been a fugitive in Switzerland.

The president also forgives his brother, Roger Clinton, who had been convicted of a cocaine possession charge in the 1980s.

July 30, 2001 - He

formally opens his post-presidential office in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.

February 8, 2004 -

Clinton wins a Grammy as one of several guest narrators on "Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf / Beintus: Wolf Tracks."

The album wins the award for best spoken word album for children.

June 22, 2004 -

Clinton's 957-page biography "My Life" is published.

July 27, 2004 -

Clinton is the keynote speaker on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, in Boston.

September 3, 2004 -

Clinton is admitted to Northern Westchester Hospital after experiencing mild chest pain and shortness of breath.

Doctors say



is necessary.

September 6, 2004 -

He undergoes a




at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

His doctors announce that some of his arteries were more than 90% blocked.

November 18, 2004 -

The William J. Clinton Presidential Park and Center opens in Little Rock, Arkansas.

January 3, 2005 -

President George W. Bush appoints former Presidents George HW Bush and Clinton to spearhead fundraising efforts for humanitarian aid after a devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia.

February 1, 2005 -

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appoints Clinton as UN envoy for tsunami reconstruction.

February 13, 2005 -

Wins a Grammy Award for best spoken word album for "My Life."

February 2005 -

Clinton and George HW Bush travel to Asia to visit tsunami-affected areas.

September 5, 2005 -

George HW Bush and Clinton announce the formation of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to help victims of the hurricane.

July 12, 2006 -

Clinton and Bill Gates travel to Lesotho to visit an HIV / AIDS clinic supported by the William J. Clinton Foundation (later renamed the Clinton Foundation).

It is the fifth time that Clinton has visited Africa to promote AIDS awareness since 2001.

September 4, 2007 -

Clinton's book "Giving" is published.

In it, he gives examples of how the generosity of ordinary people can positively impact the world.

August 27, 2008 -

Clinton delivers a speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention endorsing Barack Obama for the presidency.

May 19, 2009 -

Clinton is appointed United Nations special envoy for Haiti.

August 4, 2009 -

Clinton travels to North Korea, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, and obtains clemency and the release of American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling.

February 3, 2010 -

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon places Clinton in charge of overseeing relief and reconstruction efforts in Haiti following the magnitude 7 earthquake in January.

February 11, 2010 - He

is rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital with "chest discomfort" and undergoes a procedure to place two


in one of his arteries.

November 8, 2011 -

Clinton's book on how to jumpstart the economy, "Back to Work," is published.

November 20, 2013 -

Obama awards him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

July 26, 2016 -

Speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia after Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party presidential candidate and the first woman in U.S. history to lead the presidential list of a major political party .

June 4, 2018 -

"The President is Missing," a novel co-written by Clinton and James Patterson, is published.

During an interview with NBC to publicize the book, Clinton is asked if he owes Lewinsky a personal apology.

He responds, "No, I don't owe her, I've never spoken to her. But I said publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry. That's very different. The apology was public."

June 5, 2018 -

Clinton regrets her comments during the NBC interview.

He says, "The important thing is that it was something painful that happened 20 years ago and I apologized to my family, to Monica Lewinsky and her family, to the American people. I meant it then; I mean it now. I have had to live with the consequences every day since then. "

March 6, 2020 -

In "Hillary," a new documentary tracing the life and career of the former first lady, Clinton says she feels "terrible" because the affair has "unfairly" defined Lewinsky's life.

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Source: cnnespanol

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