Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th president of the United States

For the first time, an inauguration ceremony was held on the terrace of the West Front of the Capitol.

Chief Justice Warren Burger administered the oath of office to the former broadcaster, screen actor, and Governor of California. In the election of 1980, the Republicans won the White House and a majority in the Senate. On inauguration day, American hostages held by the revolutionary government of Iran were released.