New Flickr Slideshow: Reagan’s 2nd Inauguration

Because the beginning of President Reagan’s and Vice President George H.W. Bush’s second terms, January 20, 1985, fell on a Sunday, President Reagan and Vice President Bush were sworn in for their new terms at the foot of the Grand Staircase in the Entrance Hall of the White House. The following day, intense cold caused the previously scheduled public inaugural ceremony to be moved from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol indoors to the Capitol Rotunda, while the inaugural parade was canceled. (William Howard Taft’s inaugural 76 years before had also taken place in the Capitol because of harsh weather.)

View photos of the January 20, 1985 ceremony by National Geographic Society photographer Joseph H. Bailey, and subscribe to our flickr feed for more historic image sets.