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Joe Biden is sworn in as U.S. President as his wife Dr. Jill Biden looks on during his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Inauguration Day

January 20, 2021

Kamala D. Harris was inaugurated as the first woman, Black, South Asian vice president in US history. Following this historic moment, Joseph R. Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts. President Biden then delivered a speech in which he called for the country’s uniting and equality for all on Jan. 20. 

Many fears surrounded the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden following the siege on the US capital on Jan. 6. However, the whole event appeared to transpire without a hiccup. Protective measures were put in place, such as 20,000 troops surrounding the capital to prevent any further violence, and coronavirus safety protocols, including a smaller audience than previous years.

There were speakers and performances from some of the most influential celebrities in the US, including Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.

The end of the night featured a fireworks show with Katy Perry singing her song “Firework” live.

The inauguration was the start of what will likely be a week of monumental changes to the country during the first days of the Biden administration.

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