Today Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. But why is Inauguration Day always on January 20th?
It always hasn’t been that way. George Washington actually took the oath of office in the springtime on April 30, 1789. Back in the 19th century, the Constitution was written to make March 4th Inauguration Day. Then in 1933, the ratification of the 20th Amendment changed the date and made it so the new president and the vice president would instead be sworn in at noon on Jan. 20. This would also be when the previous president’s term would end.
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