TRIVIAL PURSUITS: When was “Inauguration Day” changed?

April 30, 2013 - Following the first inauguration of George Washington on April 30, 1789, “Inauguration Day” was officially March 4, the date the U.S. Constitution took effect in 1789.

When was “Inauguration Day” changed from March 4 to January 20?  

“Inauguration Day” was changed with ratification of the Twentieth Amendment on January 23, 1933. The last inauguration to take place on the older date was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first one on March 4, 1933.  

The Twentieth Amendment (Amendment XX) to the United States Constitution establishes the beginning and ending of the terms of the elected federal offices. It also has provisions that determine what is to be done when there is no President-elect.
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