US Presidential Inaugurations held on January 20th or 21st
- 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.
- First president to take the oath of office for a third term.
- 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.)
- First inauguration to be televised.
- 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.
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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.
- 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.
- First time that a press gallery was installed on the Capitol Grounds.
- First use of a bullet-proofed, closed limousine.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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)
- First time that the ceremony was broadcast live on the Internet.
- First inaugural that fell on the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.
- First time that a former president (George H. W. Bush) attended his son's inauguration as president.
- 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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