Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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January 21st
The Bible and the Oath
Because January 20, the constitutionally prescribed date for presidential inaugurations, fell on a Sunday in 1985, Ronald Reagan’s public inaugural ceremony for his second term was moved to January 21. Due to bad weather, the ceremony was held in the Capitol Rotunda, the first time the oath of office was taken there.

Like many presidents, Reagan swore the oath with a Bible opened to scripture he chose. Here are some examples of Scripture passages used by various presidents.

Theodore Roosevelt, 1905 – “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.” James 1:22-23

Woodrow Wilson, 1917 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. . .” Psalm 46

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933, 1937, 1941, 1945 – “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal . . .” 1 Corinthians 13

Gerald Ford, 1974 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Jimmy Carter, 1977 – “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

Ronald Reagan, 1981, 1985 – “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
American History Parade
1789
The first novel by an American writer published in America, The Power of Sympathy by William Hill Brown, is printed in Boston.

1950
Former State Department official Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury regarding allegations that he was a spy for the Soviet Union.

1954
The first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, is launched at Groton, Connecticut.

1977
President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.
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