On this day: January 17

POSTED: 12:10 PM PST Jan 16, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 16, 2016 

Hawaii's monarchy is overthrown, Popeye makes his comic strip debut, Muhammad Ali is born, Operation Desert Storm begins, and news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks online, all on this day.

OTD January 17 - Paula Jones
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1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton gives his deposition in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones, making him the first U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil lawsuit. In the deposition, Clinton denies having sexual relations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, a denial that would later become the basis for the impeachment charge of perjury. As for the sexual harassment suit, Clinton would later agree to an out-of-court settlement and pay Jones (pictured) $850,000.


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