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PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATIONS
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Inauguration Day


Government under the Constitution of the United States began on March 4, 1789. Inauguration day was officially March 4 from 1793 through 1933.

The four months between a presidential election in early November and an inauguration on March 4 proved to be too long. By the 20th Amendment to the Constitution (ratified in 1933), inauguration day was changed to January 20.




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George Washington takes the Oath of Office at Federal Hall in New York City, 1789. Library of Congress
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01 : Presidential Inaugurations / Intro
02 : Inauguration Site
03 : Inauguration Day
04 : Inaugurations and Technology
05 : Inaugural Oath and Address
06 : Inaugural Balls
07 : Inaugural Parades

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