SEVERE WX : Heat Advisory View Alerts

Bill Clinton Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Bil...

Posted: Jun 9, 2018 10:42 AM
Updated: Jun 9, 2018 10:42 AM

Here's a look at the life of Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States.

Personal:
Birth date: August 19, 1946

Birth place: Hope, Arkansas

Birth name: William Jefferson Blythe III

Father: William Blythe

Mother: Virginia (Kelley) Blythe

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

Children: Chelsea Victoria, February 27, 1980

Education: Georgetown University, B.S., 1968; Oxford University, Rhodes Scholar, 1968-1970; Yale University, J.D., 1973

Religion: Baptist

Other Facts:
Clinton was born three months after his father, William Blythe, died in a car accident.

In his teens, Clinton adopted his stepfather Roger Clinton's last name.

The first Democrat since Franklin Delano Roosevelt to be elected to a second term.

Second US president to be impeached. The first was Andrew Johnson in 1868.

Timeline:
1972 - Directs the Texas campaign of Democratic presidential candidate George S. McGovern.

1974 - Runs unsuccessfully for the House seat of Arkansas's Third Congressional District.

1976 - Runs unopposed for Arkansas State Attorney General.

1978 - Is elected governor of Arkansas at age 32.

1980 - Loses gubernatorial election.

1982 - Returns to office as governor of Arkansas.

1984 - Re-elected as governor of Arkansas. Also re-elected in 1986 and 1990.

1991 - Begins campaigning for the presidency.

June 3, 1992 - Clinton plays the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall Show.

November 3, 1992 - Is elected president, defeating George H. W. Bush and H. Ross Perot.

January 20, 1993 - Is sworn in as the 42nd president.

November 30, 1993 - Signs into law the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. The bill requires background checks and a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases.

December 8, 1993 - Signs into law the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which takes effect 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" unwanted sexual advances toward her during a business conference in May 1991, when Clinton was the governor of Arkansas.

November 5, 1996 - Clinton is elected to a second term, the first Democratic president re-elected since FDR.

February 25, 1997 - The White House releases documents from 1995 that show Clinton had approved of plans to reward Democratic Party donors with overnight stays in the Lincoln Bedroom.

January 17, 1998 - During a videotaped deposition by Jones' lawyers, Clinton denies a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

January 21, 1998 - The story breaks in the press. The allegations come to light after Kenneth W. Starr, the Whitewater independent counsel, learns of audiotapes on which Lewinsky describes the alleged affair and cover-up to a confidante, Linda Tripp.

January 26, 1998 - Clinton declares, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

February 2, 1998 - President Clinton signs the first balanced budget since 1969.

August 6, 1998 - Lewinsky testifies before the grand jury about her relationship with President Clinton.

August 17, 1998 - Clinton testifies before the grand jury and admits having "inappropriate intimate contact" with Lewinsky, but says it did not constitute sexual relations because they had not had intercourse.

September 11, 1998 - The House releases the Starr Report to the public.

October 8, 1998 - The House votes, 258-176, to begin an impeachment investigation of Clinton.

November 13, 1998 - The President agrees to pay Jones $850,000 to settle her sexual harassment lawsuit.

December 11-12, 1998 - The House Judiciary Committee approves four articles of impeachment against President Clinton, accusing him of lying under oath, obstructing justice and abusing his presidential power in an effort to conceal a sexual relationship with Lewinsky.

December 16, 1998 - The United States and Britain launch four days of air strikes against Iraq after months of trying and failing to get Saddam Hussein to cooperate with UN weapons inspectors.

December 19, 1998 - The full House 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 - Senate trial on perjury and obstruction of justice charges begins.

February 12, 1999 - Senate trial ends with an acquittal. The vote on the perjury charge is 55 to 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 counsel Robert Ray closes the Whitewater investigation, clearing the Clintons of any wrongdoing.

January 15, 2001 - A cancerous lesion is removed from Clinton's back. Doctors determine the cancer did not spread and do not consider it serious.

January 19, 2001 - The day before leaving office, Clinton agrees to give up his Arkansas law license for five years, and to pay a $25,000 fine to the state bar association, ending efforts by the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct to disbar him.

January 20, 2001 - Hours before leaving office, Clinton pardons 141 people, including Whitewater figure Susan McDougal and publishing heiress Patty Hearst. The most controversial pardon is that of financier Marc Rich, who had been a fugitive in Switzerland. The president also pardons his brother, Roger Clinton, who had been convicted on a cocaine charge in the 1980s.

July 30, 2001 - Formally opens his post-presidential office in the predominantly black Harlem district of New York City.

June 22, 2004 - Clinton's 957-page memoir, "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 goes to Northern Westchester Hospital after experiencing mild chest pain and shortness of breath. Doctors say bypass surgery is necessary.

September 6, 2004 - Undergoes a four-hour bypass operation at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His doctors announce that some of his arteries had been blocked more than 90%.

November 18, 2004 - The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park opens in Little Rock, Arkansas.

December 7, 2004 - Nominated for a Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category for "My Life."

January 3, 2005 - President George W. Bush appoints former Presidents Bush and Clinton to head fundraising efforts for tsunami humanitarian aid.

February 1, 2005 - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appoints Clinton as the UN envoy for tsunami reconstruction.

February 2005 - Clinton and George H. W. Bush travel to Asia to visit the areas hit by the tsunami.

September 5, 2005 - Former President Bush and Clinton announce the formation of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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 Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation). It is the fifth time Clinton has been to 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 everyday people can positively impact the world.

August 27, 2008 - Clinton gives a speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention supporting Barack Obama for president.

May 19, 2009 - Clinton is appointed UN Special Envoy for Haiti.

August 4, 2009 - Clinton goes to North Korea, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and secures a pardon and release of US journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling.

February 3, 2010 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon places Clinton in charge of overseeing aid and reconstruction efforts in Haiti, after a 7.0 earthquake in January.

February 11, 2010 - Is rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital with "chest discomfort" and undergoes a procedure that places two stents in one of his arteries.

November 8, 2011 - Clinton's book about how to revive the economy, "Back to Work," is released.

November 20, 2013 - Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

July 26, 2016 - Speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, after his wife Hillary Clinton officially becomes the Democratic Party nominee for president and the first woman in the history of the United States to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party.

June 4, 2018 - In an interview with NBC, when asked if he owes Lewinsky a personal apology Clinton responds, No, I do not." He later states he did not like his comments during the interview and that he was mad at himself for saying them. He added, "But the important thing is that was a painful thing 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 meant it now. I have had to live with the consequences every day since."

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 38569

Reported Deaths: 1511
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin12456787
Ramsey4911228
Dakota238291
Stearns237119
Anoka2241109
Nobles16696
Olmsted112915
Washington111440
Mower9522
Rice8447
Scott7344
Clay58738
Kandiyohi5731
Blue Earth4792
Wright4755
Todd4012
Carver3811
Sherburne3175
Lyon3162
Freeborn2920
Watonwan2340
Steele2311
Benton2173
St. Louis18015
Martin1695
Nicollet16912
Cottonwood1360
Goodhue1318
Winona12515
Crow Wing10612
Pine1050
Le Sueur1031
Chisago1001
Otter Tail951
McLeod920
Carlton870
Dodge870
Polk822
Chippewa791
Unassigned7837
Isanti730
Waseca680
Douglas650
Itasca6412
Murray640
Meeker611
Morrison591
Becker560
Faribault560
Jackson550
Sibley542
Pipestone522
Pennington510
Renville352
Mille Lacs342
Wabasha330
Brown312
Rock310
Beltrami300
Fillmore300
Yellow Medicine300
Houston260
Swift221
Wilkin213
Norman200
Redwood180
Cass162
Roseau160
Aitkin150
Big Stone150
Koochiching151
Wadena150
Kanabec141
Grant120
Marshall120
Lincoln100
Pope100
Mahnomen91
Clearwater80
Hubbard70
Lake60
Traverse60
Lac qui Parle40
Stevens40
Red Lake30
Kittson20
Cook10
Lake of the Woods00

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 31670

Reported Deaths: 722
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk6638179
Woodbury325244
Black Hawk230158
Buena Vista171411
Johnson13148
Linn129482
Dallas128029
Marshall104919
Scott81510
Story7793
Pottawattamie73612
Wapello70830
Dubuque70222
Crawford6772
Muscatine64344
Sioux4770
Tama46529
Wright3861
Louisa36213
Jasper32517
Plymouth3225
Warren2901
Dickinson2663
Washington2439
Webster2292
Hamilton1891
Cerro Gordo1821
Boone1481
Clay1340
Clarke1322
Allamakee1314
Mahaska11617
Shelby1140
Clinton1121
Poweshiek1068
Carroll991
Pocahontas971
Bremer946
Des Moines922
Franklin900
Emmet880
Henry863
Cedar841
Taylor790
Hardin770
Monona770
Cherokee751
Floyd732
Marion700
Benton691
Guthrie664
Jefferson640
Sac640
Osceola620
Jones610
Butler572
Buchanan551
Humboldt551
Hancock540
Harrison540
Lee542
Calhoun532
Iowa530
Delaware511
Fayette510
Monroe516
Madison482
Clayton443
Lyon440
Davis411
Palo Alto410
Mitchell390
Winneshiek390
Grundy380
Mills370
Kossuth350
Howard340
Jackson320
Lucas314
Greene300
Chickasaw290
Union290
Winnebago290
Ida240
Cass230
Van Buren220
Appanoose213
Keokuk211
Page210
Worth200
Unassigned170
Adair160
Audubon161
Ringgold160
Decatur120
Montgomery102
Wayne100
Adams80
Fremont70
Rochester
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 71°
Mason City
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 70°
Albert Lea
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 70°
Austin
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 70°
Charles City
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 72°
Some relief in sight, after more storms
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Community Events