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Ronald Reagan 1981 Presidential Inauguration

President Reagan's 1981 Inauguration

President Reagan's 1981 Inauguration

Washington, DC
Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ronald Reagan's first presidential inauguration took place on January 20, 1981. It was the first inauguration held at the Capitol’s West Front. This film is courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 3:49pm (ET)

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