The Weather Blog

November 08, 2008|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com

The long wait for Inauguration Day used to be longer. George Washington was to take office on March 4, 1789, when the new Constitution took effect. But bad weather and bad roads delayed electoral vote counts. George wasn't sworn in until April 30. Inauguration Day remained on March 4 until faster travel and the 20th Amendment in 1933 hastened the exit of lame-duck Presidents to Jan. 20.

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