The impeachment trial of Clinton begins as Senate President Pro Tem Strom Thurmond swears in Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist as presiding officer.
Clinton delivers his State of the Union address as his Senate impeachment trial proceeds.
The Senate acquits Clinton of impeachment charges.
As Serbians protest in Belgrade, NATO begins a campaign of airstrikes against Yugoslavia after Serbian leaders refuse to end their fight against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo province. The airstrikes end in June after Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo and establish an international peacekeeping force there.
A federal judge holds Clinton in contempt for false testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case about his relationship with Lewinsky. In July the judge orders Clinton to pay $89,000 in legal fees.
Hillary Clinton says she will consider running for the U.S. Senate from New York.
Vice President Al Gore launches his campaign for the presidency.
The Senate rejects the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
Clinton visits Kosovo.
Jordan's King Hussein dies on February 7
after long battle with cancer. U.S. Senate on February
12 acquits Clinton of impeachment charges.
NATO launches air campaign on March 24 against Yugoslav government of President Slobodan Milosevic, following escalation in violence against ethnic Albanian majority in Kosovo province. The bombing ends on June 10.
Two armed students go on a shooting spree April 20 at Columbine High School in suburban Denver, Colorado, killing 13 people and wounding dozens more before committing suicide.
Military hero Ehud Barak elected prime minister
of Israel on May 17.
John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister
die July 16 in a crash of the private plane Kennedy
is flying off the coast of Massachusetts.
Voters in East Timor overwhelmingly choose independence from Indonesia during a U.N.-sponsored referendum on August 30. Violence erupts soon after as pro-Indonesia soldiers go on a rampage.
Massive earthquake in eastern Turkey on August 17 kills more than 450 people.
Earthquake in Athens, Greece, on September 7 kills at least 122 people.
Earthquake in Taiwan on September 21 kills more than 2,300.
Russia launches a major offensive against separatists in Chechnya.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson rules
that Microsoft is a monopoly on November 5.