A Clinton Timeline

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CBSNews.com's Alexandra Cosgrove takes a look back at the Clinton years.



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Jan. 6, 2001 - With Vice President Gore presiding, George W. Bush "officially" named winner of the presidential election.

Jan. 3, 2000 - Hillary Rodham Clinton sworn in as Senator.

Jan. 2, 2001 - President Clinton hosts Arafat in last-chance effort to broker Middle East peace.

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Dec. 13, 2000 - In perhaps the most contested race ever, Vice President Gore concedes the presidential race to Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Nov. 16, 2000 - Twenty-five years after the Vietnam War, President Clinton visits Vietnam.

Nov. 7, 2000 - Election Day. The presidential race is too close to call and will remain that way for several weeks due to contested voting in Florida. Hillary Rodham Clinton wins New York Senate seat.

Oct. 12, 2000 - Navy destroyer, USS Coe, is bombed off the coast of Yemen.

Sept. 20, 2000 - Independent counsel announces that the Whitewater investigation is closed due to insufficient evidence against the president and first lady.

Aug. 17, 2000 - Vice President Gore accepts the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention.

Aug. 14, 2000 - President Clinton speaks at the opening of the Democratic National Convention.

May 24, 2000 - The House passes legislation granting permanent normal trade relations with China.

April 2000 - The unemployment rate drops below 4 percent for the first time in more than 30 years.

Feb. 6, 2000 - Hillary Rodham Clinton announces her candidacy for senator.

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Nov. 13, 1999 - The Senate deals President Clinton a defeat by narrowly rejecting a treaty banning underground nuclear testing.

April 20, 1999 - Columbine High School shootings in Colorado. Teen-agers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 12 students and one teacher. New campaign on gun control results.

March 29, 1999 - The Dow closes above 10,000 for the first time.

Feb. 12, 1999 - Senate acquits president on impeachment charges. A total of 67 votes were necessary to convict. Voting was 55 against and 45 in favor of the perjury charge. Obstruction of justice charge failed 50-50.

Feb. 8, 1999 - Senators hear concluding arguments from House managers and the president's defense team.

Feb. 1, 1999 - Republican House managers question Monica Lewinsky for six hours.

Jan. 27, 1999 - The Senate rejects a motion to dismiss the two impeachment counts against the President.

Jan. 21, 1999 - On the final day of arguments, President Clinton's defense team pleads for "political sanity," stating that the prosecution's case rests on circumstantial evidence and unrelated facts.

Jan. 20, 1999 - NATO bombing campaign against Serbia begin.

Jan. 19, 1999 - State of the Union Address. No mention of the impeachment trial.

Jan. 7, 1999 - The Senate trial of President Clinton opens.

Jan. 6, 1999 - Dennis Hastert nominated as Speaker of the House.

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Dec. 28, 1998 - House Speaker-elect Bob Livingston resigns from Congress amidst revelations of marital infidelity.

Dec. 19, 1998 - House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment against the president.

Dec. 18, 1998 - As U.S. warplanes drop bombs over Baghdad, the House begins debating articles of impeachment against President Clinton.

Dec. 12, 1998 - While in Jerusalem on a Middle East peace mission, President Clinton says he will not resign from office and again denies lying under oath. The House Judiciary Committee approves the fourth and final article of impeachment and dismisses censure as an option for punishment.

Dec. 11, 1998 - House Judiciary Committee approves the first three articles of impeachment.

Dec. 9, 1998 - House Judiciary Committee unveils articles of impeachment against President Clinton. Two articles allege that he lied in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and in his testimony before Starr's grand jury. The others allege that he abused the powers of his office and obstructed justice in the Monica Lewinsky affair.

Dec. 6, 1998 - The president's legal team appears before the House Judiciary Committee, arguing that the president should not be impeached.

Nov. 19, 1998 - Independent counsel Kenneth Starr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee during its first day of impeachment hearings.

Nov. 13, 1998 - President Clinton settles the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit, agreeing to pay Jones $850,000 while admitting nothing. The independent counsel sends Congress information relating to former White House aide Kathleen Willey's allegations that the president made unwanted sexual advances.

Nov. 6, 1998 - House Speaker Newt Gingrich resigns.

Nov. 3, 1998 - Democrats score upset victories in the midterm elections.

Oct. 15-23, 1998 - President Clinton hosts Wye River peace summit with Arafat and Netanyahu.

Oct. 8, 1998 - By a vote of 258-176 (with 31 Democrats voting yes) the House approves an open-ended impeachment inquiry of the president.

Oct. 1, 1998 - Three volumes of supporting material to Starr's report, including transcripts of Monica Lewinsky's telephone conversations with Linda Tripp, is released.

Sept. 21, 1998 - Videotape of President Clinton's grand jury testimony, along with 2,8000 pages of supporting evidence to Starr's report, is made public.

Sept. 11, 1998 - House votes to release the Starr report on the Internet. At a prayer breakfast, President Clinton says, "I don't think there is a fancy way to say that I have sinned," and expresses regre for hurting Monica Lewinsky and her family.

Sept. 9, 1998 - Starr sends his report of possible impeachable offenses to Congress. The president tells a Florida audience, "I let you down. I let my family down. I let this country down. But I'm trying to make it right. I determined to never let anything like that happen again."

Aug. 20, 1998 - President gives DNA sample to Starr for comparison with a reported semen stain on a dress owned by Monica Lewinsky.

Aug. 17, 1998 - Via closed circuit television, President Clinton testifies to the Lewinsky grand jury. In an evening television address to the nation he admits that he had a "not appropriate" relationship with Lewinsky, but insists that he never told anyone to lie about it.

Aug. 7, 1998 - U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania are bombed.

Aug. 6, 1998 - Lewinsky begins testifying before the grand jury.

July 28, 1998 - Monica Lewinsky reaches a tentative immunity deal with Starr.

April 24, 1998 - In five hours of videotaped testimony, Starr questions Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House about her legal work for the failed Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan during the 1980s.

April 16, 1998 - Paula Jones says she will appeal the dismissal of her case.

April 10, 1998 - Good Friday Peace Accords signed by Irish Catholic and Protestant leaders.

April 1998 - Arkansas federal judge dismisses Jones' sexual harassment suit against President Clinton, saying her complaint, even if true, would not constitute a violation of law.

March 15, 1998 - Former Clinton aide Kathleen Willey appears on CBS News' 60 Minutes and says the president made unwelcome sexual advance towards her in 1993.

Jan. 30, 1998 - Linda Tripp tells news organizations about a Lewinsky-Clinton phone call.

Jan. 27, 1998 - Kenneth Starr opens grand jury probe into the Monica Lewinsky allegations. Appearing on NBC's Today, Hillary Rodham Clinton says the controversy has been fabricated by a "vast right-wing conspiracy." The New York Times reports that Lewinsky met with President Clinton at the White House two weeks after she was subpoenaed to give information in the Paula Jones case. Mr. Clinton makes no mention of the controversy in his State of the Union speech.

Jan. 21, 1998 - The Washington Post reports the existence of taped recordings of President Clinton and Lewinsky. The president tells PBS's Jim Lehr, "There is no improper relationship."

Jan. 17, 1998 - Testifying under oath in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, President Clinton denies having had an affair with Monica Lewinsky. He reportedly acknowledges having had an affair with Gennifer Flowers, a charge he previously had denied.

Jan. 13, 1998 - With FBI help, Tripp wears a body mike during a meeting with Lewinsky and records their conversatin.

Jan. 12, 1998 - Linda Tripp contacts independent counsel Kenneth Starr's office, and gives them 20 hours of taped conversations she had with Lewinsky.

Jan. 7, 1998 - In a sworn affidavit, Monica Lewinsky denies having an affair with President Clinton.

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December 1997 - Tripp reportedly tells Lewinsky that she will testify about their conversations regarding Lewinsky's alleged trysts with President Clinton.

July 29, 1997 - White House and Congress reach agreement on a balanced budget.

May 27, 1997 - Supreme Court rules Paula Jones may pursue her lawsuit against Mr. Clinton, while he's still in office.

April 24, 1997 - Senate approve a ban on chemical weapons.

Jan. 20, 1997 - President Clinton sworn in for second term.

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Nov. 5, 1996 - Mr. Clinton is re-elected president.

Aug. 29, 1996 - President Clinton accepts nomination for re-election at Democratic National Convention.

Aug. 22, 1996 - President Clinton signs welfare reform bill.

May, 28, 1996 - Clinton business partners, Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and Jim and Susan McDougal, are convicted of fraud.

April 29, 1996 - Al Gore attends a fundraising event at a Buddhist temple in Los Angeles.

April 1996 - Lewinsky leaves White House for Pentagon job.

Jan. 26, 1996 - Hillary Rodham Clinton appears before a grand jury to discuss Whitewater and the travel office firings.

Jan. 23, 1996 - State of the Union Address. President Clinton declares "era of big government over."

Jan. 16, 1996 - On a book tour promoting It Takes A Village, Hillary Rodham Clinton is asked about the travel office fiasco and Whitewater. She promises the truth will come out.

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Dec. 16, 1995 - Federal government shuts down for second time in budget battle.

Nov. 4, 1995 Rabin assassinated. PresidentClinton attends funeral. Mideast peace process stalls.

November 1995 - According to sources, Monica Lewinsky becomes involved in a sexual relationship with the president.

Nov. 14, 1995 - Federal government shuts down after Mr. Clinton vetoes budget proposal.

September 1995 NATO forces launch military action after bombing of a Sarajevo marketplace.

July 19, 1995 - President Clinton reaffirms the goals of affirmative action saying, "mend it, don't end it."

June 1995 - Monica Lewinsky begins internship at White House.

April 19, 1995 - Bomb explosion at Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma kills 168 people.

Jan. 31, 1995 - President Clinton sidesteps Congress and uses emergency powers to lend $20 billion to Mexico to stave off bankruptcy.

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Dec. 1, 1994 - Senate approves sweeping gloal tariff-cutting trade pact, creating the World Trade Organization.

Nov. 8, 1994 - Republicans take control of the House and Senate for the first time in 40 years.

Sept. 1994 - Clinton health care reform plan quashed by Congress.

Sept. 19, 1994 - U.S. troops sent into Haiti.

July 26, 1994 - Congressional hearings into Whitewater begin.

June 25, 1994 - President Clinton hosts Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein for the signingof the Washington Declaration which lays the foundations for the formal Israeli-Jordanian peace accord.

June 14, 1994 - Mr. Clinton introduces welfare plan with work requirements and time limits.

May 6, 1994 - Sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton is filed by Paula Jones.

Jan. 12, 1994Attorney General Janet Reno announces the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate Whitewater.

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Nov. 17, 1993 - House approves North American Free Trade Agreement – one of President Clinton's priorities.

Nov. 3, 1993 - Brady Bill enacted.

Oct. 3, 1993 - Humanitarian mission to Somalia turns into warfare as United Nations forces battle Somali warlord Aidid. A total of 18 Americans are killed.

Sept. 23, 1993 - Health care reform proposal presented to Congress.

Sept. 13, 1993 - President Clinton hosts Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat for a White House signing of the Oslo Accords.

Aug. 10, 1993- Mr. Clinton signs deficit reduction bill.

July 20, 1993 - Longtime FOB, and Hillary Clinton law partner, Vince Foster commits suicide in Virginia. Rumors about Whitewater abound as his White House office is sealed.

June 26, 1993 - Missile attack launched in retaliation against Iraqi plot to assassinate President Bush.

May 25, 1993 - The White House reconsiders the firing of travel office workers. Five are placed on administrative leave. Two remain fired.

May 19, 1993 - All seven workers in the White House travel office are fired after questions of financial impropriety are raised.

Feb. 17, 1993 - President Clinton addresses a joint session of Congress. Talks about his economic plans.

February 1993 Distant Clinton cousin writes memo suggesting she and a colleague take over the running of the White House travel office.

Jan. 29, 1993 - Mr. Clinton announces what will become the "don't ask, don't tell"policy, by lifting the ban on gays in the military.

Jan. 25, 1993 - President Clinton names wife Hillary as head of task force on health care reform.

Jan. 20, 1993 - William Jefferson Clinton sworn in as 42nd president of the U.S.

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Nov. 3, 1992 - Mr. Clinton wins presidential election.

July 16, 1992 - Mr. Clinton accepts nomination at Democratic National Covention.

March 16, 1992 - While campaigning, Hillary Rodham Clinton is asked about profits from the Rose law firm where she worked.

Feb. 18, 1992 - Mr. Clinton finishes second in the New Hampshire primary. He calls himself "The Comeback Kid."

Feb. 6, 1992 Story erupts that Mr. Clinton used the system to avoid being drafted during the Vietnam war.

Jan. 24, 1992 - Flowers holds press conference stating she had a relationship with Mr. Clinton for 12 years. Excerpts from tape-recorded telephone conversations between the two are released.

Jan. 23, 1992 - The Clintons appear on CBS News' 60 Minutes. Mr. Clinton tells correspondent Steve Kroft that he has "caused pain" in his marriage.

Jan. 23, 1992 - Star tabloid issues story claiming Gennifer Flowers and Mr. Clinton had an "intimate" relationship.

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Oct. 2, 1991 - Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton announces he will run for president.


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