On this day: April 1

Published On: Mar 28 2013 11:55:08 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 01 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The ruins of Pompeii are discovered, Apple Computer starts up, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed by his father, and U.S. Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is rescued from Iraq, all on this day.

OTD April 1 - Paula Jones
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1998: A federal judge dismisses Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton, saying that the claims fell "far short" of being worthy of a trial. Jones soon appealed the dismissal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, but dropped the appeal in November 1998 after reaching an $850,000 settlement with Clinton. A state employee when Clinton was governor of Arkansas, Jones had claimed that Clinton had exposed himself and asked her for oral sex in a hotel room. The Paula Jones case precipitated Clinton's impeachment, with charges of perjury and obstruction of justice being later brought against Clinton based on statements regarding the nature of his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky he made during the depositions for the Jones lawsuit.

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