January 20: this date in history includes 5 “first president inaugurated” distinctions. January 20 – this date in history includes the presidential inauguration of the first Texas-born Commander-in-Chief. January 20 is a date in history full of “first president inaugurated” trivia facts that history buffs should relish in. These 5 special days are listed in chronological order.
January 20: This Date in History – First President Inaugurated On This Particular Day 73 Years Ago
According to Wikipedia, prior presidential inaugurations took place on March 4, but on January 20, 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in as the Commander-in-Chief for the second time. 73 years ago, the world had yet to be fully devastated by Adolf Hitler and his thugs in Nazi Germany. Pearl Harbor was a place very few people had heard of, but like today, people were worried about their jobs, or lack of them, as the Great Depression was still affecting millions of Americans.
January 20: This Date in History – First President Inaugurated Who Was Born in Texas 57 Years Ago
How many people could you stump by asking them, “Who was the first Texas-born President sworn into office?” How many people would answer Lyndon B. Johnson or George W. Bush? Well, those are the wrong answers, because it was Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to Wikipedia. He was born in Denison, Texas in 1890. He began serving the first of his two terms on this date in 1953.
January 20: This Date in History – First President Inaugurated Who Was Catholic 49 Years Ago
John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic president to be inaugurated, done so on January 20, 1961. How many of you who were of voting age back then remember the fears being spread about how JFK would take his orders from the Pope if elected President? Well, the charm of the man helped him to win the 1960 election over Richard M. Nixon, who himself would be inaugurated 8 years later on January 20, 1969.
January 20: This Date in History – First President Inaugurated Who Was “69-Plus Years Old” 29 Years Ago
Ronald Reagan was 69 years old when he became our nation’s 40th President of the United States January 20, 1981, the oldest man to take the oath of office until he did so again at age 73 in 1985. Love him or hate him, he did have a way with words and people. Just weeks after being sworn in, he narrowly missed being assassinated because of a mentally-deranged man obsessed with Jodie Foster, John Hinckley, Jr. on March 30, ironically 69 days into the Reagan Administration. I was in 8th grade history class when I got the word about President Reagan being shot, and recall listening to the news all afternoon and evening when I got home if I wasn’t shooting baskets with some other kids.
January 20: This Date in History – First President Inaugurated Who Is African-American `1 Year Ago
Barack Obama was the first African-American President inaugurated just one year ago today. This gave much hope to people of color, who would’ve never imagined this happening in their lifetimes. The first year of President Obama has been full of great challenges, but nonetheless, no one can take that special distinction away from him, no matter how much the hateful ultra right wing hacks like Rush Limbaugh wish it so.
January 20: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_20, Wikipedia
Dwight D. Eisenhower: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower, Wikipedia