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Inauguration of John F. Kennedy

January 20, 1961

Inauguration of John F. Kennedy
Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson

Robert Frost

Inaugural Poet:
Robert Frost

America’s poet-philosopher
was a staunch supporter
during Kennedy’s campaign.

 

Inaugural Poem:

“The Gift Outright”

POETRY AWARDS

  • Academy of American Poets Fellowship:
    Jesse Stuart
  • National Book Award/Poetry:
    Robert Lowell for Life Studies
  • Pulitzer Prize/Poetry:
    W. D. Snodgrass for Heart’s Needle

1960

  • World Population:
    3,083,799,968
  • Federal Minimum Wage:
    $1.15/hour
    (2013 equivalent = $8.96)
  • Culture:
    Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins begin in February, 1960
  • Local Event:
    Washington Huskies beat Minnesota Gophers at the Rose Bowl. (January 2, 1961)
  • National Event:
    The U.S. and Cuba break diplomatic relations. (January 3, 1961)
  • World Event:
    A chimpanzee named Ham is the first in space aboard Mercury/Redstone 2. (January 31, 1961)
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1992
  • World Population:
    5,538,201,967
  • Federal Minimum Wage:
    $4.25/hour
    (2013 equivalent = $6.85)
  • Culture:
    “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk” slogan launched by CDCP. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Local Event:
    Deadly storm in Puget Sound knocks out power for days. (January 20, 1993)
  • National Event:
    Los Angeles riots after police acquitted in Rodney King trial. (April 29, 1992)
  • World Event:
    Presidents Bush and Yeltsin declare the Cold War over. (February 1992)

POETRY AWARDS

  • Academy of American Poets Fellowship:
    Adrienne Rich
  • Frost Medal:
    Adrienne Rich and David Ignatow
  • National Book Award/Poetry:
    Mary Oliver for New and Selected Poems
  • Nobel Prize/Literature:
    Derek Walcott
  • Pulitzer Prize/Poetry:
    James Tate for Selected Poems
  • William Carlos Williams Award:
    Louise Glück for The Wild Iris

Maya Angelou

 
January 20, 1993

 

Inauguration of Bill Clinton
Vice President: Al Gore

 

Inaugural Poet: Maya Angelou


Angelou was uniquely positioned
to facilitate national unity with poetry.

 

Inaugural Poem: “On the Pulse of Morning”

Inauguration of Bill Clinton
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  • World Population: 5,780,312,511
  • Federal Minimum Wage: $5.15/hour
    (2013 equivalent = $7.48)
  • Culture: Carl Sagan, scientist and “poet of exobiology,” dies of cancer. (December 20, 1996)
  • Local Event: Mandatory busing for elementary school students ended by Seattle Schools. (November 20, 1996)
  • National Event: Gorilla named Binti Jua rescues toddler from Brookfield Zoo’s gorilla pit. (August 16, 1996)
  • World Event: Centennial Olympic Games held in Atlanta. (July 19, 1996)

1996

POETRY AWARDS

  • Academy of American Poets Fellowship:
    Jay Wright
  • Frost Medal:
    Richard Wilbur
  • National Book Award/Poetry:
    Hayden Carruth for Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey
  • Nobel Prize/Literature:
    Wislawa Szymborska
  • Pulitzer Prize/Poetry:
    Jorie Graham for The Dream of the Unified Field
  • Wallace Stevens Award:
    Adrienne Rich

January 20, 1997
Second Inauguration of Bill Clinton
Vice President: Al Gore

Miller Williams

Inaugural Poet:
Miller Williams

America’s Hank Williams of Poetry
was an Arkansas native,
like Clinton.

 

Inaugural Poem:
“Of History and Hope”

Inauguration of Bill Clinton
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POETRY AWARDS

  • Academy of American Poets Fellowship:
    Brigit Pegeen Kelly
  • Frost Medal:
    Michael S. Harper
  • National Book Award/Poetry:
    Mark Doty for Fire to Fire
  • Pulitzer Prize/Poetry:
    Robert Hass for Time and Materials and Philip Schultz for Failure
  • Wallace Stevens Award:
    Louise Glück
  • William Carlos Williams Award:
    Aram Saroyan for Complete Minimal Poems
  • World Population:
    6,788,203,578
  • Federal Minimum Wage:
    $7.25/hour (2013 equivalent = $7.88)
  • Local Event:
    Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation. (June 27, 2008)
  • National Event:
    US Airways Flight 1549 emergency landing in Hudson River. (January 15, 2009)
  • National Event:
    The Great Recession in U.S. causes bailouts, bankruptcy and unemployment. (September, 2008)
  • World Event:
    SpaceX launches the first private spacecraft, Falcon 1, into orbit. (September 28, 2008)
2008

Elizabeth Alexander

 


January 20, 2009

Inauguration of Barack Obama
Vice President: Joe Biden

 

Inaugural Poet: Elizabeth Alexander


Like Obama, Alexander offers a youthful,
cosmopolitan African-American voice.

 

Inaugural Poem: “Praise Song for the Day”

Inauguration of Barack Obama
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  • World Population:
    7,098,495,231
  • Federal Minimum Wage:
    $7.25/hour
  • Culture:
    Gay pride events are banned for a century in Moscow.
    (August 17, 2012)
  • Local Event:
    The first same-sex marriages in Washington State begin.
    (December 9, 2012)
  • World Event:
    Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un appointed as Marshall-the top military leader of North Korea.
    (July 18, 2012)

POETRY AWARDS

  • Academy of American Poets Fellowship:
    Brenda Hillman
  • Frost Medal:
    Marilyn Nelson
  • National Book Award/Poetry:
    David Ferry for Bewilderment
  • Pulitzer Prize/Poetry:
    Tracy K. Smith for Life on Mars
  • Wallace Stevens Award:
    Gary Snyder
  • William Carlos Williams Award:
    Bruce Smith for Devotions

 

January 21, 2013
Second Inauguration of Barack Obama
Vice President: Joe Biden

Inaugural Poet:
Richard Blanco

 

Why do you think
he was chosen?

 

Inaugural Poem: “One Today”

 

Blanco presented "One Today," an original poem he wrote for the occasion, becomming the youngest, first Latino, first immigrant and first openly gay writer to hold the honor.

Inauguration of Barack Obama