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Final question! Which Constitutional amendment moved the official inauguration date from March 4 to January 20?

The longest speech was a whopping 8,445 words! Which President opined for so long?

Join us & @HolocaustMuseum on Wed, Jan 13 at 7 pm ET for a free educator webinar on American responses to the refugee crisis of the 1930s-40s & the Holocaust 📷 #ArchivesForEducators  #InternationalHolocaustRemembranceDay  #USHMM 

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George Washington knew his inaugural address was a historic one. His first words as President would set the tone not just for his Presidency, but for the entire country. See the handwritten address in our new online exhibit: #InaugurationHistory 

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Civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was born #OTD  in 1929. The @USNatArchives  holds many primary sources on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, including film, photographs, and documents. Day#MLK  #MLKDay 

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The shortest inauguration speech was only 133 words. Which President gave this extraordinarily brief address?

Who was the first president to ride to and from his inaugural ceremony in an automobile?

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We made a mistake. As the National Archives of the United States, we are and have always been completely committed to preserving our archival holdings, without alteration.

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We have removed the current display and will replace it as soon as possible with one that uses the unaltered image. We apologize, and will immediately start a thorough review of our exhibit policies and procedures so that this does not happen again.

Happy #ConstitutionDay ! Now you can sign your name to a virtual version of the #Constitution  on our website:

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This photo is not an archival record held by the @USNatArchives  , but one we licensed to use as a promotional graphic. Nonetheless, we were wrong to alter the image.

Happy #ConstitutionDay ! The original founding document is on permanent display at the Museum at @USNatArchives . What does the #Constitution  say? Read a transcription on our website:

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In an elevator lobby promotional display for our current exhibit on the 19th Amendment, we obscured some words on protest signs in a photo of the 2017 Women’s March.

19,045 documents subject to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 have been posted on website. Released documents are available for download:

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