January Inauguration Day

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January 20, 1937 was the first time the presidential inauguration was held in January. Franklin D. Roosevelt first inauguration was held on March 4, 1933. The constitution originally set the March inauguration date to allow enough time after Election Day to ensure a smooth transistion. However, with advances in communication and transportation, inauguration day was moved up to January 20 with the passage of the 20th amendment in 1933.

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