Clinton delivers his second inaugural address (last of the 20th century), saying, "We must keep our old democracy forever young."
Clinton delivers his State of the Union address as TV networks interject with reports that a civil trial jury has found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend.
Allegations surface that the Democratic National Committee accepted campaign contributions from the Chinese government.
Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr considers leaving for a teaching post, then changes his mind.
Republican congressional leaders and White House negotiators announce they have reached an agreement to balance the federal budget by 2002.
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejects Clinton's request that the Paula Jones lawsuit against him be delayed until he leaves office.
Clinton signs balanced budget plan.
Clinton announces at the United Nations his support for a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty governing nuclear weapons.
Clinton tours South America.
Clinton meets Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Washington for summit.
A federal grand jury indicts Henry Cisneros,
former secretary of housing and urban development,
on charges he lied during 1993 confirmation hearings
about payments he had made to a former mistress.
Clinton visits war-torn Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Deng Xiaoping, China's paramount leader and
author of its free-market economy, dies on February
19 at age 92.
Thirty-nine members of the Heaven's Gate cult, including their leader, are found dead on March 26 in a San Diego suburb. Apparently they believed they would leave their bodies and join alien travelers in a space ship behind the Hale-Bopp comet.
Peruvian troops on April 22 storm the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima where Tupac Amaru rebels had been holding 72 Japanese businessmen and Peruvian officials since December 1996. One hostage dies; the rest are freed. Two soldiers and 14 rebels are also killed.
North Korea acknowledges for the first time that children in the country are dying from malnutrition due to the widespread famine there.
The British Labour Party wins a sweeping majority
in parliamentary elections on May 1, giving its
leader Tony Blair the prime ministry.
Mobutu Sese Seko, who ruled Zaire for more
than three decades, is ousted by rebel forces led
by Laurent Kabila, who renames Zaire the Democratic
Republic of Congo. Mobutu dies of an undisclosed
illness in Morocco four months later.
A federal jury in Denver on June 7 finds Timothy
McVeigh guilty for his part in the 1995 bomb
attack on Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
Later in the month McVeigh is sentenced to death.
The territory of Hong Kong, ruled for 156 years as a British Crown Colony, is returned to the Chinese government on July 1.
NASA's unmanned Mars Pathfinder lands and begins transmitting the most detailed information and images of the red planet yet seen.
Britain's Princess Diana is killed in a Paris
car accident on August 31.