Originally, Inauguration Day was
held on March 4, giving the next administration enough time to get up
and running. But in 1933, with the country facing a huge economic
crisis, the four months in between Election Day and Inauguration Day
seemed too long. The 20th Amendment was ratified on January 23, 1933,
fixing Inauguration Day as January 20.
Funny, but I knew that it used to be in early March and was changed to late Jan, but I didn't know the exact year. I'm just a treasure trove of crazy info. lol
As far as the inauguration goes, I don't know if I'll watch it on tv or not. We'll have to see how my day is going at that point in time. I was home on break from college when Clinton was sworn into office for the first time, and watched that one on tv.
I am a huge history/political junky. Like steel said I knew it was moved but never remember being told why.
I do not plan on watching it. I watched Clinton get sworn in his first term, Bush for his first but I have not watched one since. I am sure I will be catching highlight of it later. That will be enough for me.