NPR: Inaugural Firsts

In recent years, Inauguration Day has been packed with a lot of pomp—parades, speeches, and gala balls at the White House, but that has not always been the case.
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Since 1933, January 20th has been the official Inauguration Day for our U.S. Presidents. Every four years on this day, unless it falls on a Sunday, the public will witness a new or incumbent president as he (or she) takes a solemn oath and is sworn in to office,a pretty momentous event. In recent years, Inauguration Day has been packed with a lot of pomp—parades, speeches, and gala balls at the White House, but that has not always been the case. In Inaugural Firsts, NPR commemorates our presidential inaugurations and highlights some significant firsts. From the shortest address in history, given by George Washington, to the longest, 90 minutes in the freezing cold by William Henry Harrison, you will have fun learning new facts about this special day and gain a sense of how it has evolved over the years.

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