Sunday, January 18, 2009

History Will Be Made This Week! The Presidential Inauguration

For all you homeschool families out there...Here are some fun facts to go along with the history making week we are having the privilidge to witness this week.

Also listed below are some official links to get more info on this event.

Fun Facts
George Washington's inauguration was held in New York City on April 30, 1789.

Inauguration Day was changed to January 20, from March 4, in 1933 by the passage of the Twentieth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Bill Clinton's, January 20, 1997, inauguration was the first inauguration to be broadcast live over Internet.

George Washington gave the shortest inaugural address in history. (135 words)

In 1865, Abraham Lincoln was the first president to include African-Americans in his inaugural parade.

In 1917, Woodrow Wilson was the first president to include women in his inaugural parade.

When January 20 is on a Sunday, the president-elect usually takes the oath of office privately and then repeats the ceremony in public on Monday.

Here are some really great links to help your children get into this event even more so:

Inaugural Day Events: Walk through the President Elects Day!

More Facts and Firsts: An Awesome List of Fact and First of American Presidents

Interactive Map of US Capital: Getting to the Inauguration

I hope you enjoy browsing these sites and links with your children or just for fun for yourself.
Let me know what you learned!

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