Bill Clinton

Born Aug 19, 1946

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Inaugurated at age 46, he was the third-youngest president. He took office at the end of the Cold War, and was the first president of the baby boomer generation. Clinton has been described as a New Democrat. Many of his policies have been attributed to a centrist Third Way philosophy of governance.… Read More

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1946 Birth Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946, at Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, Arkansas. … Read More
1950 3 Years Old In 1950, Bill's mother returned from nursing school and married Roger Clinton, Sr., who owned an automobile dealership in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with his brother and Earl T. Ricks. … Read More


1963 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Clinton has named two influential moments in his life that contributed to his decision to become a public figure, both occurring in 1963. … Read More
1964 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1964 and 1965 he won elections for class president.


1968 21 Years Old Clinton received Vietnam War draft deferments during 1968 and 1969 while he was in England. … Read More
1971 24 Years Old …  In the Yale Law Library in 1971 he met fellow law student Hillary Rodham, who was a year ahead of him. … Read More
After only about a month, Clinton postponed his plans to be a coordinator for the George McGovern campaign for the 1972 United States presidential election in order to move in with her in California. They married on October 11, 1975, and their only child, Chelsea, was born on February 27, 1980.
1976 29 Years Old In 1976 Clinton ran for Arkansas Attorney General. … Read More


1978 31 Years Old Clinton was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1978, having defeated the Republican candidate Lynn Lowe, a farmer from Texarkana. … Read More
1980 33 Years Old 1 More Event
However, his term included an unpopular motor vehicle tax and citizens' anger over the escape of Cuban refugees (from the Mariel boatlift) detained in Fort Chaffee in 1980.
1982 - 1983 2 More Events
1984 37 Years Old Formally organized as the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), the New Democrats argued that in light of President Ronald Reagan's landslide victory in 1984, the Democratic Party needed to adopt a more centrist political stance in order to succeed at the national level.
1985 38 Years Old Clinton delivered the Democratic response to President Reagan's 1985 State of the Union Address and served as Chair of the National Governors Association from 1986 to 1987, bringing him to an audience beyond Arkansas.


1987 - 1990 5 More Events
Clinton was elected president in 1992, defeating incumbent George H. W. Bush. … Read More
Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States on January 20, 1993.
1994 - 1995 5 More Events
…  In his book, Gormley reveals President Clinton narrowly escaped assassination in the Philippines in 1996. … Read More


In the January 1997 State of the Union address, Clinton proposed a new initiative to provide coverage to up to five million children.
In 1998, he was impeached for perjury before a grand jury and obstruction of justice during a lawsuit against him, both related to a scandal involving White House (and later Department of Defense) employee Monica Lewinsky. … Read More
1999 - 2000 3 More Events
2001 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Clinton controversially issued 141 pardons and 36 commutations on his last day in office on January 20, 2001.
2002 55 Years Old In 2002, Clinton warned that pre-emptive military action against Iraq would have unwelcome consequences, and later claimed to have opposed the Iraq War from the start (though some dispute this). … Read More
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in Little Rock, Arkansas was dedicated in 2004.
After Hurricane Katrina, Clinton joined with fellow former President George H. W. Bush to establish the Bush-Clinton Tsunami Fund in January 2005, and the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund in October of that year. As part of the tsunami effort, these two ex-presidents appeared in a Super Bowl XXXIX pre-game show, and traveled to the affected areas. They also spoke together at the funeral of Boris Yeltsin in 2007. … Read More
2006 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In a 2006 Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll asking respondents to name the best president since World War II, Clinton ranked number two behind Ronald Reagan. … Read More


2007 60 Years Old The Gallup Organization published a poll in February 2007, a correspondents to name the greatest president in U.S. history; Clinton came in fourth place, capturing 13 percent of the vote.
He has remained active in politics by campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably for his wife's campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, and then Barack Obama's presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012. … Read More
…  He is married to Hillary Clinton, who served as United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 and who was a Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. … Read More
In response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Clinton and George W. Bush would coordinate efforts to raise funds for Haiti's recovery. … Read More
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