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January 17
In a videotaped deposition in the Paula Jones lawsuit, Clinton denies having a sexual relationship with Lewinsky.

January 21
Clinton publicly denies having had an affair with Lewinsky.

January 26
Clinton repeats his denial on television: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."

January 27
Clinton delivers State of the Union address; his approval ratings soar to highest yet of his presidency.

February 2
Clinton signs first balanced budget since 1969.

March 3 and 5
Clinton friend and confidant Vernon Jordan testifies before a federal grand jury on the Lewinsky affair.

March 16
Democratic fund-raiser Johnny Chung pleads guilty to funneling $20,000 in illegal donations to the 1996 re-election campaign of Clinton and Gore.

March 23
Clinton and his wife Hillary begin an 11-day trip to six African nations, the first time a U.S. president has visited the region in more than 20 years.

April 1
A federal judge throws out Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton, ruling the case is "without merit."

April 10
Political leaders on both sides of Northern Ireland's sectarian conflict agree on Good Friday to a tentative settlement brokered by U.S. mediators.

May 15
Former Democratic fund-raiser Johnny Chung tells federal investigators he arranged for Chinese government money to be funneled to the Democratic Party in 1996.

June 17
Clinton meets Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Beijing.

July 27
Secret Service agents testify before a federal grand jury about Lewinsky's visits to the White House.

August 6
Lewinsky testifies before a federal grand jury about her relationship with Clinton.

August 17
Clinton testifies on videotape to a federal grand jury about his relationship with Lewinsky. Later, in a televised address, Clinton admits he and Lewinsky had a relationship and apologizes for having "misled" the public and his wife.

August 20
The U.S. fires cruise missiles at targets in Sudan (right) and Afghanistan in response to what Clinton calls an "imminent" terrorist threat from a network run by Osama bin Laden. The strikes follow attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania earlier in the month.

September 3
Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut condemns the Clinton-Lewinsky affair on the Senate floor.

September 11
The House releases the Starr Report to the public, revealing in graphic detail the alleged sexual encounters between Clinton and Lewinsky. It also lists possible grounds for impeachment, including allegations of perjury, witness tampering, obstruction of justice and abuse of power.

September 30
Clinton announces that the 1998 fiscal year had resulted in the first budget surplus in nearly 30 years.

October 8
The House votes to begin an impeachment investigation of Clinton's conduct in the Lewinsky affair.

October 23
In Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat sign the Wye Memorandum authorizing Israeli troop withdrawals from parts of the West Bank.

November 3
Democrats make surprising gains in midterm elections; Speaker Newt Gingrich resigns from the House a few days later.

November 13
Clinton agrees to pay $850,000 to settle Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against him.

December 16
Britain and the United States launch four days of airstrikes against Iraq. In a televised address, Clinton says the attacks come after Baghdad's failure to cooperate with U.N. weapons inspectors.

December 19
The House votes to impeach Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Pakistan becomes nuclear power and along with India carries out underground nuclear tests.

Car bombs explode on August 7 outside the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing hundreds of people. Two weeks later, Washington retaliates as ships launch missile attacks at suspected terrorist camps in Afghanistan reportedly run by Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Social Democrat Gerhard Schroeder (right) defeats Helmut Kohl on September 27 to become Germany's new chancellor.

Hurricane Mitch devastates parts of Central America from October 26 through November 4, killing more than 11,000 people.

Britain and the U.S. launch airstrikes against Iraq over several days in an attempt to destroy Baghdad's weapons programs.

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