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US Presidential Inaugurations held on January 20th or 21st

January 20, 1937 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • First president to be inaugurated on the January 20th date, a change made by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.
  • First time the vice president-elect was inaugurated out-of-doors on the same platform with the president-elect. No vice presidential address was given.
January 20, 1941 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • First president to take the oath of office for a third term.
January 20, 1945 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • First and only time a president was inaugurated for a fourth term. (The 22d Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1951, restricts the presidency to two terms.)
January 20, 1949 -- Harry S. Truman
  • First inauguration to be televised.
January 20, 1953 -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Broke customary traditions; he recited his own improvised prayer instead of kissing the Bible.
  • Homburgs became an inaugural must based on presidential preference, displacing traditional black toppers.


Black Top Hat Black Homburg Grandfather Hat
Black Top Hat Black Homburg Grandfather Hat


January 20, 1957, and January 21, 1957 -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • First time that a president was inaugurated for a term limited by the Constitution (22d Amendment).
  • First presidential luncheon, held in the Old Supreme Court Chamber (S-228) in the Capitol.
January 20, 1961 -- John F. Kennedy
  • First president to be inaugurated on the extended East Front.
  • First time that a Speaker of the House administered the oath of office to the vice president. (Previously the oath had been given by either the President pro tempore of the Senate, the ex-Vice President, or a United States Senator.) (Roll Call, 1/18/1961)
  • First time a poet, Robert Frost, participated in the official ceremonies at the Capitol. (See official program.)
  • First time that both parents of the president-elect attended their son's inauguration. (Washington Daily News, 1/21/1961)
  • As the first Catholic elected president, Kennedy was the first to use a Catholic (Douay) version of the Bible for his oath.
  • First inaugural parade for which Army flame throwers were used to clear snow from Pennsylvania Avenue. (Washington Daily News, 1/21/1961)
  • First appearance of the Air Force Academy Band in the parade. (Evening Star, 1/3/1961)
  • First time that the parade was televised in color (NBC). (New York Times, 1/15/1961)
  • First inauguration celebrated with five balls.
  • Last president to wear traditional stovepipe hat to the inauguration.
January 20, 1965 -- Lyndon B. Johnson
  • First time that a press gallery was installed on the Capitol Grounds.
  • First use of a bullet-proofed, closed limousine.
January 20, 1969 -- Richard M. Nixon
  • Only persons with special invitations to the ceremony were admitted to the Capitol Grounds. (Washington Post, 1/19/1969)
  • Two Bibles were used in the inauguration; they were family heirlooms, dated 1928 and 1873.
January 20, 1973 -- Richard M. Nixon January 20, 1977 -- Jimmy Carter
  • Folding chairs instead of wooden benches were used on the East Plaza.
  • Used an old family Bible; second Bible on lectern had been used at inauguration of George Washington.
  • At Carter's request, the traditional inaugural luncheon was not held.
  • First president to leave his limousine just beyond the Capitol grounds and walk along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House with his family after ceremony.
  • First time that an outgoing President left from the Capitol Grounds aboard a helicopter.
  • Solar heat was used in the reviewing stand.
  • Provisions were made for the handicapped to watch the parade.
January 20, 1981 -- Ronald Reagan
  • Outdoor band concert was held on the West Front lawn on the day before the inaugural.
  • First inaugural held on the West Terrace of the Capitol.
  • First time that room EF-100 was used as a holding room.
  • First closed-captioning of television broadcast for the hearing impaired. (Washington Post, 12/22/1981)
  • First post-inaugural luncheon held in Statuary Hall.
  • Post-inaugural luncheon was partially televised.
  • Nine inaugural balls were held.
  • First time that an inaugural ball was held in a legislative building (Rayburn House Office Building).
  • Balls were transmitted by satellite to 32 ballroom sites across the country. (Washington Star, 12/19/1981)
January 20, 1985, and January 21, 1985 -- Ronald Reagan
  • First time that the oath was taken in the Rotunda.
  • First inaugural that fell on a Super Bowl Sunday.
  • The Bible was placed on a marble-topped table that was built for the second inaugural of Abraham Lincoln. The table was constructed with an iron baluster cast for the Capitol dome in the 1860's.
  • First time a television camera was placed inside the president's limousine from the Capitol to the White House. (Washington Post, Jan. 18, 1985)
January 20, 1989 -- George H. W. Bush January 20, 1993 -- William J. Clinton January 20, 1997 -- William J. Clinton
  • First time that the ceremony was broadcast live on the Internet.
  • First inaugural that fell on the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.
January 20, 2001 -- George W. Bush
  • First time that a former president (George H. W. Bush) attended his son's inauguration as president.
January 21, 2013
  • the swearing in of President Barack Obama for his second four-year term in office, took place on Monday, January 21, 2013



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