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Bill Clinton is seen in 1998 during his second term as US president.

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Bill Clinton is seen in 1998 during his second term as US president.

Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas, on August 19, 1946.

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Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas, on August 19, 1946.

A young Clinton shakes hands with President John F. Kennedy while other American Legion Boys Nation delegates look on during a trip to the White House in 1963.

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A young Clinton shakes hands with President John F. Kennedy while other American Legion Boys Nation delegates look on during a trip to the White House in 1963.

In 1974, Clinton ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives seat for Arkansas' Third Congressional District.

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In 1974, Clinton ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives seat for Arkansas’ Third Congressional District.

Clinton was elected governor of Arkansas in 1978. He is seen here with civil rights activist Rosa Parks and first lady Rosalynn Carter in July 1979.

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Clinton was elected governor of Arkansas in 1978. He is seen here with civil rights activist Rosa Parks and first lady Rosalynn Carter in July 1979.

Talk show host Arsenio Hall gestures approvingly as Clinton plays the saxophone during a taping of

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Talk show host Arsenio Hall gestures approvingly as Clinton plays the saxophone during a taping of “The Arsenio Hall Show” in 1992. Clinton was running for president at the time.

Clinton and his running mate, US Sen. Al Gore, tour a factory in Davenport, Iowa, in 1992.

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Clinton and his running mate, US Sen. Al Gore, tour a factory in Davenport, Iowa, in 1992.

Clinton debates President George H.W. Bush and independent candidate H. Ross Perot, not pictured, in October 1992. It was their third and final debate.

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Clinton debates President George H.W. Bush and independent candidate H. Ross Perot, not pictured, in October 1992. It was their third and final debate.

From left, Hillary Clinton, Tipper Gore, Bill Clinton and Al Gore celebrate their election victory in Little Rock, Arkansas, in November 1992. Clinton won with 43% of the vote to Bush's 37% and Perot's 19%.

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From left, Hillary Clinton, Tipper Gore, Bill Clinton and Al Gore celebrate their election victory in Little Rock, Arkansas, in November 1992. Clinton won with 43% of the vote to Bush’s 37% and Perot’s 19%.

The Clintons' cat, Socks, is photographed outside the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock in November 1992.

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The Clintons’ cat, Socks, is photographed outside the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock in November 1992.

Former President Ronald Reagan presents Clinton with a jar of red, white and blue jelly beans in Los Angeles in November 1992. Reagan said they kept him from smoking cigarettes.

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Former President Ronald Reagan presents Clinton with a jar of red, white and blue jelly beans in Los Angeles in November 1992. Reagan said they kept him from smoking cigarettes.

Clinton takes his morning jog through the National Mall in May 1993.

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Clinton takes his morning jog through the National Mall in May 1993.

From left, Former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush join Clinton at the White House for the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement in September 1993.

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From left, Former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush join Clinton at the White House for the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement in September 1993.

James Brady, the Reagan administration press secretary who was wounded during a 1981 assassination attempt, watches Clinton sign the Brady Bill at the White House in November 1993. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases.

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James Brady, the Reagan administration press secretary who was wounded during a 1981 assassination attempt, watches Clinton sign the Brady Bill at the White House in November 1993. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases.

Clinton calls on a reporter during a White House news conference in March 1994. The President said he would release his tax returns from the late-1970s to answer questions about his Whitewater investment. Six years later, independent counsel Robert Ray closed the Whitewater investigation, clearing the Clintons of any wrongdoing in the real-estate scandal.

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Clinton calls on a reporter during a White House news conference in March 1994. The President said he would release his tax returns from the late-1970s to answer questions about his Whitewater investment. Six years later, independent counsel Robert Ray closed the Whitewater investigation, clearing the Clintons of any wrongdoing in the real-estate scandal.

Clinton sits in a 1967 Ford Mustang while visiting the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina in April 1994.

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Clinton sits in a 1967 Ford Mustang while visiting the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina in April 1994.

White House intern Monica Lewinsky embraces Clinton at a Democratic fundraiser in Washington, DC, in October 1996.

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White House intern Monica Lewinsky embraces Clinton at a Democratic fundraiser in Washington, DC, in October 1996.

Clinton tees off while playing golf at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts in August 1997.

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Clinton tees off while playing golf at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts in August 1997.

Paula Jones, center, arrives at the office of a lawyer representing Clinton in January 1998. The former Arkansas state employee filed a federal civil lawsuit in 1994 accusing Clinton of making

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Paula Jones, center, arrives at the office of a lawyer representing Clinton in January 1998. The former Arkansas state employee filed a federal civil lawsuit in 1994 accusing Clinton of making “persistent and continuous” unwanted sexual advances during a conference in 1991, when he was governor. The President agreed to an $850,000 settlement in November 1998.

Clinton speaks about the Monica Lewinsky scandal at the White House in January 1998, as first lady Hillary Clinton looks on.

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Clinton speaks about the Monica Lewinsky scandal at the White House in January 1998, as first lady Hillary Clinton looks on. “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” he said.

Members of the 105th Congress fill the Senate chamber as Clinton delivers his State of the Union address in January 1998.

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Members of the 105th Congress fill the Senate chamber as Clinton delivers his State of the Union address in January 1998.

Vice President Al Gore looks on as Clinton writes a

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Vice President Al Gore looks on as Clinton writes a “0” on the board, showing what the federal deficit would be after unveiling his balanced budget plan for 1999. The President declared an end to “an era of exploding deficits” as he sent a $1.73 trillion budget to Congress that promised the first surplus in more than three decades.

The Clintons and their daughter, Chelsea, depart the White House with their dog, Buddy, in August 1998. They were leaving for a two-week vacation at Martha's Vineyard. The day before, the President gave a televised address regarding his testimony to a federal grand jury in which he admitted to an inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

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The Clintons and their daughter, Chelsea, depart the White House with their dog, Buddy, in August 1998. They were leaving for a two-week vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. The day before, the President gave a televised address regarding his testimony to a federal grand jury in which he admitted to an inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

Clinton answers questions from reporters in December 1998 before the start of a meeting with his foreign policy team. After a December 16 military strike on Iraq, Clinton warned Iraqi President Saddam Hussein against threatening his neighbors. Clinton also indicated his determination to complete the operations that continued the next day with renewed bombing of Iraqi sites suspected of housing parts to manufacture weapons of mass destruction.

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Clinton answers questions from reporters in December 1998 before the start of a meeting with his foreign policy team. After a December 16 military strike on Iraq, Clinton warned Iraqi President Saddam Hussein against threatening his neighbors. Clinton also indicated his determination to complete the operations that continued the next day with renewed bombing of Iraqi sites suspected of housing parts to manufacture weapons of mass destruction.

The Clintons listen as House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt addresses the nation oat the White House in December 1998.  It was after the House of Representatives voted to impeach the President on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice related to the Lewinsky scandal. A defiant Clinton rejected calls for his resignation.

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The Clintons listen as House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt addresses the nation oat the White House in December 1998. It was after the House of Representatives voted to impeach the President on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice related to the Lewinsky scandal. A defiant Clinton rejected calls for his resignation.

Clinton pauses while reading a statement in the White House Rose Garden after the Senate voted to acquit him in February 1999. Clinton apologized for the actions that led to his impeachment, saying he was

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Clinton pauses while reading a statement in the White House Rose Garden after the Senate voted to acquit him in February 1999. Clinton apologized for the actions that led to his impeachment, saying he was “profoundly sorry.”

Clinton meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, left, and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat at Maryland's Camp David in July 2000. It was at the end of a Mideast peace summit. The talks ended without an agreement.

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Clinton meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, left, and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat at Maryland’s Camp David in July 2000. It was at the end of a Mideast peace summit. The talks ended without an agreement.

Clinton leaves a McDonald's in Monroe Michigan, in August 2000. The day before, he spoke at the Democratic National Convention, passing the Democratic Party's symbolic torch to Vice President Al Gore.

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Clinton leaves a McDonald’s in Monroe Michigan, in August 2000. The day before, he spoke at the Democratic National Convention, passing the Democratic Party’s symbolic torch to Vice President Al Gore.

Clinton speaks at a New York fundraiser as he supports his wife's US Senate campaign in October 2000.

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Clinton speaks at a New York fundraiser as he supports his wife’s US Senate campaign in October 2000.

Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, wave as they leave Washington, DC, following George W. Bush's inauguration in January 2001.

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Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, wave as they leave Washington, DC, following George W. Bush’s inauguration in January 2001.

Clinton cheers a group of saxophone players at a rally in New York in July 2001. Harlem residents were welcoming Clinton, who was moving into his new post-presidential office.

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Clinton cheers a group of saxophone players at a rally in New York in July 2001. Harlem residents were welcoming Clinton, who was moving into his new post-presidential office.

Dr. Craig Smith, right, answers a reporter's question about Clinton's health after Clinton had quadruple bypass surgery in September 2004. Clinton was hospitalized after suffering chest pains and shortness of breath. Doctors announced that some of Clinton's arteries had been blocked more than 90%.

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Dr. Craig Smith, right, answers a reporter’s question about Clinton’s health after Clinton had quadruple bypass surgery in September 2004. Clinton was hospitalized after suffering chest pains and shortness of breath. Doctors announced that some of Clinton’s arteries had been blocked more than 90%.

Clinton attends the inauguration of his presidential library and museum in Little Rock, Arkansas, in November 2004. Clinton was joined, from right, by his wife, his daughter, former President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush, former President George H.W. Bush, former first lady Barbara Bush, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter.

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Clinton attends the inauguration of his presidential library and museum in Little Rock, Arkansas, in November 2004. Clinton was joined, from right, by his wife, his daughter, former President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush, former President George H.W. Bush, former first lady Barbara Bush, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter.

Clinton gestures as he explains to journalists that the baby being held here was born just two days earlier at a refugee camp in Jantho, Indonesia, in May 2005. Clinton was visiting ground zero of the tsunami disaster.

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Clinton gestures as he explains to journalists that the baby being held here was born just two days earlier at a refugee camp in Jantho, Indonesia, in May 2005. Clinton was visiting ground zero of the tsunami disaster.

Clinton visits Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Houston in September 2005. That same day, Clinton and former President George H.W. Bush announced the formation of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to assist victims.

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Clinton visits Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Houston in September 2005. That same day, Clinton and former President George H.W. Bush announced the formation of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to assist victims.

In January 2006, Clinton announced that an agreement was reached by the Clinton Foundation to allow the sale of anti-retroviral drugs Efavirenz and Abacavir, as well as HIV tests, at a lower cost in developing countries. Anti-retroviral drugs and rapid tests were regarded as part of the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative.

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In January 2006, Clinton announced that an agreement was reached by the Clinton Foundation to allow the sale of anti-retroviral drugs Efavirenz and Abacavir, as well as HIV tests, at a lower cost in developing countries. Anti-retroviral drugs and rapid tests were regarded as part of the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative.

The former President addresses the Democratic National Convention in August 2008.

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The former President addresses the Democratic National Convention in August 2008.

Journalist Laura Ling speaks in front of Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore and Euna Lee in August 2009, after she and Lee were released by North Korean authorities. Ling and Lee were arrested by North Korea for illegally entering the country on the Chinese border. They were pardoned by President Kim Jong-Il after a meeting with Clinton. Ling and Lee had been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Journalist Laura Ling speaks in front of Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore and Euna Lee in August 2009, after she and Lee were released by North Korean authorities. Ling and Lee were arrested by North Korea for illegally entering the country on the Chinese border. They were pardoned by President Kim Jong-Il after a meeting with Clinton. Ling and Lee had been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Clinton visits the General Hospital of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the country in January 2010. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon placed Clinton in charge of overseeing aid and reconstruction efforts.

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Clinton visits the General Hospital of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the country in January 2010. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon placed Clinton in charge of overseeing aid and reconstruction efforts.

Bill Gates, co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in March 2010. Gates and Clinton voiced their support for legislation that would increase funding for global health and outlined what they believe could be cost-effective ways to fight HIV/AIDS and poverty around the world.

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Bill Gates, co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in March 2010. Gates and Clinton voiced their support for legislation that would increase funding for global health and outlined what they believe could be cost-effective ways to fight HIV/AIDS and poverty around the world.

The former President walks his daughter down the aisle during her wedding to Marc Mezvinsky in July 2010.

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The former President walks his daughter down the aisle during her wedding to Marc Mezvinsky in July 2010.

Clinton welcomes President Barack Obama to the stage during a campaign rally in New Hampshire in November 2012.

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Clinton welcomes President Barack Obama to the stage during a campaign rally in New Hampshire in November 2012.

Clinton speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Beijing in November 2013.

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Clinton speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Beijing in November 2013.

Obama awards Clinton the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2013. The medal is considered the nation's highest civilian honor.

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Obama awards Clinton the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2013. The medal is considered the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Clinton swears in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2014.

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Clinton swears in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2014.

Clinton and former President George W. Bush share a laugh during a September 2014 event launching the Presidential Leadership Scholars program at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

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Clinton and former President George W. Bush share a laugh during a September 2014 event launching the Presidential Leadership Scholars program at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

The Clintons hold their granddaughter, Charlotte, at a New York hospital in September 2014.

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The Clintons hold their granddaughter, Charlotte, at a New York hospital in September 2014.

Clinton and actor Sean Penn visit a cholera treatment center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in February 2015.

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Clinton and actor Sean Penn visit a cholera treatment center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in February 2015.

The Clintons embrace after Hillary announced her presidential campaign in June 2015.

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The Clintons embrace after Hillary announced her presidential campaign in June 2015.

The Clintons vote at a school in Chappaqua, New York, in April 2016.

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The Clintons vote at a school in Chappaqua, New York, in April 2016.

The Clintons, their daughter and their son-in-law leave a hospital in June 2016 after Chelsea gave birth to her first son, Aidan.

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The Clintons, their daughter and their son-in-law leave a hospital in June 2016 after Chelsea gave birth to her first son, Aidan.

The Clintons greet supporters during a presidential campaign rally in Pittsburgh in July 2016.

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The Clintons greet supporters during a presidential campaign rally in Pittsburgh in July 2016.

Clinton talks to his daughter, Chelsea, before the start of one of Hillary's presidential debates in October 2016.

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Clinton talks to his daughter, Chelsea, before the start of one of Hillary’s presidential debates in October 2016.

Former President Clinton campaigns for his wife in Waterloo, Iowa, in November 2016.

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Former President Clinton campaigns for his wife in Waterloo, Iowa, in November 2016.

Clinton listens to his wife speak to supporters after her election defeat in 2016.

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Clinton listens to his wife speak to supporters after her election defeat in 2016.

Clinton attends Alec Baldwin's celebrity roast in June 2017.

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Clinton attends Alec Baldwin’s celebrity roast in June 2017.

Clinton and former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama pose for a selfie with golfer Phil Mickelson during the Presidents Cup event in September 2017.

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Clinton and former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama pose for a selfie with golfer Phil Mickelson during the Presidents Cup event in September 2017.

In June 2018, Clinton signs copies of his novel

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In June 2018, Clinton signs copies of his novel “The President Is Missing,” which he co-wrote with James Patterson.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump join the Clintons and other former Presidents and first ladies at the state funeral for George H.W. Bush in December 2018.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump join the Clintons and other former Presidents and first ladies at the state funeral for George H.W. Bush in December 2018.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, welcome Clinton for a lunch in Paris in September 2019. Clinton was in France to pay tribute to the late French President Jacques Chirac.

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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, welcome Clinton for a lunch in Paris in September 2019. Clinton was in France to pay tribute to the late French President Jacques Chirac.

Clinton delivers a speech during the Democratic National Convention in August 2020.

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Clinton delivers a speech during the Democratic National Convention in August 2020.

Clinton pays his respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September 2020. Ginsburg was appointed to the high court by Clinton in 1993.

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Clinton pays his respects to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September 2020. Ginsburg was appointed to the high court by Clinton in 1993.

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A moment of silence is held at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York in September 2021. From left are Bill Clinton; Hillary Clinton; former President Barack Obama; former first lady Michelle Obama; President Joe Biden; first lady Jill Biden; former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Bloomberg's partner, Diana Taylor; and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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A moment of silence is held at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York in September 2021. From left are Bill Clinton; Hillary Clinton; former President Barack Obama; former first lady Michelle Obama; President Joe Biden; first lady Jill Biden; former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Bloomberg’s partner, Diana Taylor; and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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

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

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.

Nominated for four Grammy Awards with two wins.

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 – Elected Arkansas state attorney general.

1978 – Is elected governor of Arkansas at age 32.

1980 – Loses gubernatorial reelection.

1982 – Wins the gubernatorial election.

1984 – Reelected as governor of Arkansas. Also reelected in 1986 and 1990.

October 3, 1991 – Announces his campaign for president.

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 law 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.

August 1994 – Kenneth Starr is appointed as special counsel to investigate a failed real estate venture known as Whitewater.

September 13, 1994 – Clinton signs the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 into law. The bill increases funding for police departments and imposes tougher prison sentences for federal crimes.

November 5, 1996 – Clinton is reelected for a second term.

February 25, 1997The 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 about the Lewinsky allegations breaks in the press. The allegations come to light after Starr 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 – Clinton signs the first balanced budget since 1969.

August 6, 1998 – Lewinsky testifies before the grand jury about her relationship with 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 – Clinton 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 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, 1999Senate 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, 2001A 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 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 Best Spoken Word Album for Children.

June 22, 2004 – Clinton’s memoir, “My Life,” is published.

July 27, 2004Clinton is the keynote speaker on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

September 3, 2004Clinton 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.

January 3, 2005 – President George W. Bush appoints former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Clinton to head fundraising efforts for humanitarian aid after a devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia.

February 1, 2005 – UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appoints Clinton as the 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 H.W. Bush travel to Asia to visit the areas hit by the tsunami.

September 5, 2005 – George H.W. 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 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 as the United Nations 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 published.

November 20, 2013 – Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Obama.

July 26, 2016 – Speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia after Hillary Clinton 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 – “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 do not – I have never talked to her. But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry. That’s very different. The apology was public.”

June 5, 2018 – Clinton expresses regret over his comments during the NBC interview. He says, “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.”

March 6, 2020 – In “Hillary,” a new documentary that traces the former first lady’s life and career, Clinton says he feels “terrible” that the affair has “unfairly” defined Lewinsky’s life.

October 12, 2021 – Clinton is admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit to be treated for a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream. He is released from the hospital on October 17.