FDR inaugurated to second term - HISTORY
Year
1937
Month Day
January 20

FDR inaugurated to second term

On January 20, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for the second time as president, beginning the second of four terms in the office. His first inauguration, in 1933, had been held in March, but the 20th Amendment, passed later that year, made January 20 the official inauguration date for all future presidents. (The Constitution had originally set March 4 as the presidential inauguration date to make sure election officials had enough time to process returns and allow the winner time to travel to the nation’s capital.)

Since 1933, Americans have witnessed, either through radio or television, the swearing-in ceremonies of more than 12 presidents. Some have been more memorable than others.

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