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President Reagan's Second Inauguration

As his first term officially ended on a Sunday, President Reagan had to officially take the oath of office on Sunday, January 20, 1985. This was administered by Chief Justice Warren Burger in a private ceremony in the Grand Foyer of the White House. Bad weather (the temperature was a frigid -4F and was supplemented with an icy wind to produce a numbing wind-chill temperature of -25F) forced the cancellation of some events but most events including the record 10 Inaugural Balls were held on Monday, January 21, 1985.

We have President Reagan's second inaugural address.


This was the first time that the oath was taken in the Rotunda. This was the first inauguration that fell on a Super Bowl Sunday. And it was the first time a television camera was placed inside the president's limousine from the Capitol to the White House. (Source: Washington Post, January 18, 1985)



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Ronald Reagan is sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice Berger on January 20, 1985.

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