This Day in History:, President Clinton
December 19, 1998.
The House of Representatives approved two articles
of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.
Clinton had been charged with lying under oath
to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice.
As only the second president in U.S. history
to be impeached at the time, the president
vowed to finish his term.
The charges emerged from a
White House affair between Clinton and
a 21-year-old unpaid intern, Monica Lewinsky.
Initially, Clinton denied the affair,
famously saying, “I did not have sexual
relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.”.
Months later, Clinton admitted to the
affair in a grand jury testimony and publicly via a
four-minute televised address from the White House.
After special counsel Kenneth Starr's
report recommending impeachment,
the House conducted an impeachment inquiry.
Three articles of impeachment were
approved following nearly 14 hours of debate
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This Day in History:, Slavery Is Abolished in America.
December 18, 1865.
The 13th Amendment was formally
adopted into the U.S. Constitution.
It ensures that “neither slavery nor involuntary
servitude … shall exist within the United States,
or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”.
It had been approved in the
Republican-led Senate in April of 1864.
But the amendment had been
bogged down in the Democratic-led
House of Representatives for almost a year.
On December 2, 1865, Alabama became
the 27th state to ratify the 13th Amendment.
The vote provided the requisite
three-fourths majority of states’ approval
needed to ratify the 13th amendment
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