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From drunk VPs to poisoned pigeons, anything can happen on Inauguration Day—and often does, as these 35 fascinating facts prove.
Though several presidents have been inaugurated in places other than Washington, D.C., George Washington is the only president to have been inaugurated in two separate cities: On April 30, 1789, Washington took the presidential oath on the balcony of New York City’s Federal Hall. His second inauguration took place on March 4, 1793, at Congress Hall in Philadelphia, which was then the nation’s capital.
Though Washington owned a lot of land—more than 50,000 acres of it, in addition to Mount Vernon—he was considered “land poor,” meaning he didn’t always have a lot of cash at his disposal. His bank account was so dry that he actually had to borrow money to travel to New York City for his first inauguration.
Today, we know January 20th as Inauguration Day, but that wasn’t always the case. Following Washington’s first inauguration, the Continental Congress declared March 4th as Inauguration Day. That date remained in place until the ratification of the 20th Amendment in 1933; Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president inaugurated on the new date, for his second inauguration on January 20, 1937.http://mentalfloss.com/article/90980/35-fascinating-facts-about-presidential-inaugurations-past