Daily Archives: Jan 17, 2013

January 17th, 1913: President-Elect Wilson Bans Inaugural Ball

The Washington Herald on January 17th, 1913

Going to an Inaugural Ball this weekend? The austerity of Obama’s second mirrors the desires articulated by newly elected President Woodrow Wilson. Take a look at the front page of the Washington Herald on Friday, January 17th, 1913, exactly 100 …

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James Brown Said It Loud At Nixon’s Inauguration

James Brown arrives in Libreville, Gabon for President Bongo's inauguration (via Jet, Jan. 23, 1975)

James Brown performed “Say It Loud – I’m Black And I’m Proud” at Richard Nixon’s 1969 inauguration.  Wait.  What?  Believe it.  The Godfather of Soul chose that particular song to celebrate the Republican president’s transition to power. Confusingly, James Brown actually backed Democrat …

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