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Inaugurations and Casablanca

Just last week, all over the country, and in Washington DC, new elected officials were sworn into office.  Around the same time, a fellow CECOM employee me recently why the Inaugurations – Presidential and otherwise – moved from March to January.  In doing some research, the first presidential inauguration for George Washington was actually April 30th. 

Subsequent inaugurations took place on March 4th.  The date was set four months after the election for two reasons: to give enough time to tally popular votes and electoral college votes; and to give the new president enough time to physically relocate from wherever he lived to Washington, DC. 

The date changed in 1933 with the Twentieth Amendment, which moved the date to January.  This also reduced the time of a lame-duck Congress.

This link from Cornell Law School, has an annotated version of the amendment, with full explanations.  And this link from the National Archives highlights the twentieth amendment, but you can easily navigate it to check out the others.

The Bill of Rights

On this day in 1943, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded the Casablanca Conference.  Earlier this month, we featured a story about the first presidential flight, and it was FDR’s flight to the Anfa Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco.  There they planned the European strategy of the Allies during World War II.

Seated: President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill. Standing, front row, left to right: General Arnold, Admiral King, General Marshall, Admiral Pound, Air Chief Marshal Portal, General Brooke, Field Marshal Dill, and Admiral Mountbatten. January 1943.

Posted in From the Archives, This Day In History.

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