The first inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the
United States took place on January 20, 2009. The inauguration marked
the commencement of the first four-year term of Barack Obama as
President and Joe Biden as Vice President. "A New Birth of Freedom", a
phrase from the Gettysburg Address, served as the inaugural theme to
commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth year of Abraham Lincoln.
In his speeches to the crowds, Obama referred to ideals expressed by
Lincoln about renewal, continuity and national unity. The presidential
oath as administered to Obama during the ceremony strayed slightly from
the form prescribed in the constitution, which led to its
re‑administration the next evening. In addition to a larger than usual
celebrity attendance at the inauguration, the Presidential Inaugural
Committee increased its outreach to ordinary citizens to encourage
greater participation in inaugural events compared with participation in
recent past inaugurations. Events included a first-ever Neighborhood
Inaugural Ball with free or affordable tickets for ordinary citizens.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_inauguration_of_Barack_Obama>
Today's selected anniversaries:
According to legend, freeholder Lalli slew Bishop Henry of
Finland with an axe on the ice of the lake Köyliönjärvi in Köyliö,
Tây Sơn forces of Vietnam annihilated an invading Siamese
army who were attempting to restore Nguyễn Ánh to the throne.
Honório Hermeto Carneiro Leão, Marquis of Paraná (pictured),
became the de facto first prime minister of the Empire of Brazil.
World War II: Germany began the evacuation of 1.8 million
people from East Prussia, an operation which took nearly two months to
The Houston Cougars upset the UCLA Bruins in what became known
as the "Game of the Century", ending the Bruins' 47-game winning streak,
and establishing college basketball as a sports commodity on American
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. The process of answering practical questions via interpretation of rules
or cases that illustrate such rules, especially in ethics.
2. (pejorative) A specious argument designed to defend an action or
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Lord — Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard
against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and
just. And make me an instrument of your will.