I saw this and thought it was the sort of trivia information I wish I had had first. nd of course I’m in favour of anything random.
Today is Inauguration Day!
OK, no it isn’t, but it used to be.
Isn’t that great to know? Well it might come in handy at a trivia contest…
March 4 is the date when the terms of the president, vice president and members of Congress begin and end as written into the Constitution way back at the beginning; this continued until the 20th Amendment was passed in 1933.
Why did they change the dates?
The framers of the Constitution set March 4 as the date to allow four months to pass between the elections in early November and the beginning of terms for the simple reason that everything took longer to accomplish in the 1700’s. Votes took a long time to count, news travelled slowly, more time would be needed to assemble the Electoral College, and it took longer for a president to put his Administration together simply because…
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