Wednesday’s History: January 20
Today, January 20, in history includes president's inaugurated and Jerry Lee Lewis in Nashville, according to history.com.
Inaugurated a second time in 1937 and a fourth time in 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to be inaugurated on January 20. At one time, it was held in March to give the newly elected president enough time to get to Washington. It was changed with the 20th Amendment passed in 1933.
In 1949, Point Four Program was in President Harry S. Truman's inaugural speech. He called for "our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped nations." U.S. experts were sent to Latin American, Middle Eastern, African and Asian nations. It was called the Point Four Program because it was the fourth point is his speech.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated in 1961 as the 35th president. In his speech, the youngest president elected appealed to Americans to "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963.
In 1969, Richard Nixon was inaugurated as president. His opponent was Hubert H. Humphrey. The popular vote was tied at 43 percent; however, Nixon won the majority of electoral votes.
A Western movie actor becomes the 40th President -- Ronald Reagan was inaugurated in 1981. He was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1947-52 and 1959-60. Reagan was elected governor of California twice. He died in 2004.
Jerry Lee "The Killer" Lewis was born in Ferriday, Louisiana, where the music was a lot of everything, blues, gospel, country and rock and roll, mixed together. In the late '60s, he started to change rock-and-roll to country. He topped the country charts with "Great Balls of Fire" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."
His country hits included "Another time, Another place." Lewis went on the Grand Old Opry stage in 1973. He promised he would not sing his '50s hits. He did not keep that promise.
Jerry Lee Lewis claimed on stage, "I am a rock-and-rollin', country-and-western, rhythm-and-blues singin' (fill in the blank)."