U.S. HISTORY ~ FIRST SECRETARY OF STATE ON THIS DATE IN 1790

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                                                      Thomas Jefferson

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U.S. President George Washington (far left) sits with members of his Cabinet who were appointed in 1789 and 1790. The members are (left to right) Secretary of War Henry Knox, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, and Attorney General Edmund Randolph.

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FIRST RADIO BROADCAST OF INAUGURATION ON THIS DATE IN 1925

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Calvin Coolidge (right), the 30th President taking the oath of office administered by Chief Justice William Howard Taft ( in robe standing left). The presidential inauguration was broadcast on radio for the first time.

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Calvin Coolidge delivering his inauguration speech  

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LINCOLN’S SECOND TERM IN OFFICE ON THIS DATE IN 1865

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Depicted above is the second term inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as the 16th
President of the United States. Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase (right) administered
the Oath of Office. 

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Last known photo of Abraham Lincoln (1865)

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NATIONAL ANTHEM ADOPTED ON THIS DATE IN 1931

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“The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of America. The lyrics come from 
"Defense of Fort McHenry”, a poem written in 1814 by a 35 year old lawyer, Francis Scott Key (above), after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British naval ships in 
Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.  The actual flag that flew over Fort McHenry is also pictured above. The “Star-Spangled Banner" was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution and was signed by President Herbert Hoover.

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Francis Scott Key is depicted reaching out to the “Star-Spangled Banner”

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Original copy of Key’s poem, on display at the Maryland Historical Society

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FIRST ADMIRAL OF THE NAVY ON THIS DATE IN 1899

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President McKinley, above, signed a measure that created the rank of Admiral for the 
U.S. Navy, the most senior rank. The first admiral was George Dewey, seen below.

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George Dewey

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