10 Famous Firsts From Inaugurations Past

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  • President Obama inauguration
  • George W. Bush
  • Bill Clinton
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • George Washington

Jan. 20, 2009

Ahead of President Obama’s second inauguration on Jan. 21, BET.com looks back at memorable precedents set by other inaugural ceremonies over the years.  Britt Middleton

President Obama’s inauguration as the 44th President of the United States marked the largest attendance of any event in Washington’s history and has the largest attendance of any presidential inauguration in U.S. history. Most notably, Obama also became the first Black U.S. president. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)