Most of the outdoor events were canceled because of the bad weather, and the inaugural address was delivered in the Capitol Rotunda. That year, like this year, Jan. 20 fell on a Sunday, so the public ceremonies took place Jan. 21.
The temperature for George Washington’s second inauguration in Philadelphia in 1793 is unofficially said to have been 61 degrees. The warmest inauguration on record? That of Gerald R. Ford in 1974, when temperatures hit 89 degrees. But Ford, who took over the presidency after Richard M. Nixon resigned, was sworn in in August.
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