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2021 Presidential Inauguration: Inauguration of Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris

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The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States took place on January 20, 2021, before noon (EST), marking the commencement of the four-year term of Joe Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president. The inaugural ceremony took place on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. and was the 59th presidential inauguration. Biden took the presidential oath of office, before which Harris took the vice presidential oath of office..

History of US Inaugurations

The inauguration of the president of the United States is a ceremony to mark the commencement of a new four-year term of the president of the United States. The inauguration takes place for each new presidential term, even if the president is continuing in office for a second term. Since 1937, it has taken place at noon EST on January 20, the first day of the new term, some 72 to 78 days after the presidential election, except for three occasions when January 20 fell on a Sunday. In those years, the presidential oath of office was administered on that day privately and then again in a public ceremony the next day, on Monday, January 21. The most recent presidential inauguration was held on January 20, 2021, when Joe Biden assumed office.  Taken from Wikiopedia (read more)

The oddities of Inauguration Day

As mandated by the Constitution, Inauguration Day, when the formal transition of presidential power takes place, happens every four years on Jan. 20. To understand its long history, the Gazette interviewed constitutional authority Sandy Levinson, a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School last fall who teaches at the University of Texas at Austin Law School. (Read more)


35 Fascinating Facts About Presidential Inaugurations Past    

Barack Obama has been sworn in four times. 

After Chief Justice John Roberts misstated a few words while administering the oath of office to Barack Obama during his first inauguration in 2009, Obama was sworn in again the next day, “out of an abundance of caution." He did it again in 2013, because January 20 fell on a Sunday; he took the oath privately on the 20, then publicly on the 21. It was only the second time in history that a president was sworn in four times; the other was FDR, who served four terms.

Vintage Photos of Presidential Inaugurations Throughout History 

The peaceful transition of power is a cornerstone of American democracy, but historically, the inauguration ceremony has not been without its fair share of drama. In honor of Joe Biden's inauguration, we're taking a look back at the past.

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