January 23rd, 2017

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Presidential parents: Ulysses Grant

On this date in 1794, Jesse Root Grant was born. His future wife, Hannah Simpson, was born almost five years later. In 1869, the Grants became the first couple to both live long enough to see their son become President. Neither of them attended Ulysses's inauguration, but Jesse frequently visited his son in the White House. He died in June 1873, during his son's second term. Hannah died in 1883, six years after her President-son retired from office, and only two years before he himself died.
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20th Amendment

On this date in 1933, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. This Amendment changed Inauguration Day from March 4th to January 20th. This change shortened Vice President John Nance Garner's term of office, so that his two full terms lasted less than eight years (March 4, 1933 to January 20, 1941). The only other two-full-term Vice President to not serve eight full years was John Adams.