Octuplet Mom, Barry Bonds to Princess Diana: People and Events That Changed History

Diana, Princess of Wales

For virtually her entire adult life, Princess Diana lived in front of the cameras.

A figure of constant media attention, from the moment she married Prince Charles in 1981 through the couple's divorce 14 years later, Diana was hounded by the press and paparazzi.

Her 1997 death in a car crash while being chased by photographers on motorcycles altered the public's perception of the paparazzi but did not diminish its appetite for salacious images of well-known people.

Known as "the people's princess," she put a fresh and compassionate face on the British monarchy. She empathized with the poor and with victims of AIDS and land mines and spoke openly about the problems in her marriage.

An inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, her boyfriend at the time, determined that the accident was a result of the driver being drunk and exceeding the speed limit as paparazzi pursued them.

Diana's death did not just change the way people felt about the press; it also changed the way they thought about the British royal family.

Queen Elizabeth II, Diana's one-time mother-in-law, took five days to address the nation, a decision that was pilloried in the British and international press.

Five days after Diana's death, the queen addressed the nation. The next day was Diana's funeral -- the long solemn march to Westminster Abbey through the heart of London. The queen bowed her head as the procession passed Buckingham Palace.

"That was a very symbolic moment, because the queen only ever bowed her head for heads of state," biographer Tina Brown told ABC's "Nightline" last year. "[It] was a huge personal recognition of hers, that she must do this thing, which, for her, went against the grain -- acknowledge that Diana's death was commensurate to the death of a head of state."

Monica Lewinsky

The private lives of presidents were historically just that -- private.

The "inappropriate relationship" President Clinton admitted to having with White House intern Monica Lewinsky in 1996 marred his presidency with an impeachment trial and forever opened the doors on the private lives of politicians.

A sexual relationship, which in previous decades would have been ignored by the media and only whispered about by Washington insiders, preoccupied the country in the last months of Clinton's presidency.

Lewinsky, 23 at the time of the affair, was forced into the national spotlight, as Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel hired to investigate Whitewater, expanded his investigation into whether the president had perjured himself when asked about the relationship while giving testimony to the grand jury.

Under oath Clinton denied having "a sexual relationship" with Lewinsky, and in a famous denial during a televised news conference in 1998 said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."

Clinton later recanted that denial, leading to an impeachment by the House of Representatives, but an acquittal in the Senate.

Lewinsky, now 34, has maintained a low profile since the scandal. Her name, however, will forever be linked with sexual scandal.

In the decade since, a number of high profile politicians have been embroiled in headline-making sex scandals, forcing the news media to sate the public's desire for the salacious details about their leaders' personal lives.

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