President Reagan giving his 1st Inaugural Address at the U.S. Capitol. January 20, 1981.
Before Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president, Inaugural ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol faced eastward. When Ronald Reagan’s team from California came to scout the location, they immediately moved to switch the ceremony to the west side of the building. From the west vantage point, cameras could pan out to an open view of the National Mall and its monuments. Since then, every presidential inauguration has taken place on the west side of the Capitol.
-from the Reagan Library, ID# C8114
1940: Lady Bird shoots the first film of what we would later call Mrs. Johnson’s Home Movie Collection. She had a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, after all. How lucky are we at the LBJ Library to have a First Lady who made her own documentary films?
We’ll post one later today, and you’ll see many more as we move through time. She typically did the narration much later, so you’ll also get to hear her voice describing what she sees as she remembers the people and events she filmed. Stay tuned!
LBJ Library photo 41-6-84. This image may be used free of charge as long as credit is given to the source, the Austin American Statesman.
Television history - Harry S. Truman delivers the first televised presidential speech on October 5, 1947.
Speaking from the White House, Truman appealed to Americans to conserve food for starving people in Europe - no meat on Tuesdays, no poultry on Thursdays.