Clinton, William Jefferson

Born: Aug 19, 1946 AD
Currently alive, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Politician, Presidents

1946 - Born on August 19th in Hope, Arkansas. He was the first Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win a second term.


1968 - He won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University.


1973-1976 - He became a professor at University of Arkansas Law School.


- Received a law degree from Yale University and entered politics in Arkansas.


- Married Hillary Rodham, a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School.


1978 - He was elected on his first term as the Governor of Arkansas.


1986-1987 - He became the Chairman of National Governors' Association.


1988 - Delivered a presidential nominating speech for Michael Dukakis.


1992 - He won the presidential election against George H. W. Bush and H. Ross Perot and was elected as the 42nd president of United States of America.


1993 - He introduced educational reforms in Arkansas public schools and initiated state-wide teacher competency testing.


- Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


- Initiated the attempt to reform the U.S. health care system.


1994 - Negotiated for the restoration of Jean Bertrand Aristide to power in Haiti.


- Supported Middle East peace negotiations and oversaw signing of Israeli-Jordanian peace accord on White House.


1995 - Initiated Dayton negotiations for peace in Bosnia and launched NATO operation Joint Endeavor to ensure realization of Dayton peace accord.


1996 - He co-wrote the book, "Between Hope and History: Meeting America's Challenges for the 21st Century".


1997 - Appointed Panel on Race Relations, with John Hope Franklin as chairman and the first U.S. president to employ line item veto.


1998 - Embroiled in allegations of having had extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky and encouraging Lewinsky to lie to federal investigators.


- Signed executive order barring discrimination against homosexuals in civilian federal employment.


- Subpoenaed by Kenneth Starr in connection with Lewinsky case, becoming the first sitting president to testify before criminal grand jury.


- Ordered attacks on suspected terrorist sites in Afghanistan and Sudan in response to bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.


- Subject of impeachment inquiry by House Judiciary Committee in connection with earlier actions and testimony during Starr's investigation.


- Ordered air strikes on Iraq, in response to Saddam Hussein's continued refusal to permit UN inspections, one day before planned impeachment vote by House of Representatives.


- Impeached by House of Representatives on two articles related to perjury and obstruction of justice, but escaped impeachment on two other articles related to perjury and abuse of power.


1999 - He was acquitted by the Senate.


- Found in contempt of court for false statements made in deposition during Paula Jones lawsuit.


- Granted conditional clemency to eleven jailed Puerto Rican radicals.


- Issued 176 pardons and clemency orders on final day in office.


2001 - Resigned from the Supreme Court bar under threat of expulsion.


2004 - He wrote the memoir "My Life".


- Won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.


2005 - He won a Grammy award for Best Spoken Word Album for "My Life".

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