It snowed in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19, 1961, and the temperature still hung below the freezing mark the next day when John F. Kennedy walked the 2.3 miles from the White House to the Capitol Building for his inauguration, wearing a black top hat, black overcoat, gray pinstripe pants and pale blue tie and vest under his dark suit coat.

Photos from that Jan. 20 inauguration are a bit striking considering the nation’s current unrest hanging over next week’s inauguration of 46th president Joe Biden. Particularly interesting is the front row behind the speaker’s lectern in 1961. Seated side-by-side are new Second Lady Lady Bird Johnson, new First Lady Jackie Kennedy, outgoing Republican president Dwight Eisenhower, new Democratic President JFK, new Vice President Lyndon Johnson, and outgoing Republican vice president and narrowly-defeated presidential candidate Richard Nixon.

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