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A Formal Beginning



A Formal Beginning

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     challenging words:    inaugurations, president-elect, execute, inaugural, newly, present, celebration, oath, crowd, large, beginning, bands, speech, date, supreme, prepare
     content words:    George W., Inauguration Day, United States, Twentieth Amendment, George Washington, New York City, Thomas Jefferson, United States Capitol, Chief Justice, Supreme Court


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A Formal Beginning
By Jody Williams
  

1     A large crowd was present in spite of the cold, rainy weather to watch George W. Bush's first inauguration on January 20, 2001.
 
2     Inauguration Day is a special day for all citizens of the United States. It is the day that a new president officially becomes the President of the United States. Inauguration means a formal beginning.
 
3     The first Inauguration Day was on April 30, 1789. It was held at a later date than it is today. Time was needed to count every vote after the election. The official date became March 4. In 1937, the date was changed again. Inauguration Day has been on January 20 since then. This change is recorded as the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution.

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