Given the many details which a presidential inaugural committee must cope with,
mistakes are inevitable. So it was that Franklin Delano Roosevelt received an invitation
to his own January 20, 1937 presidential inauguration! Through the White House social
bureau, he solemnly sent word that the press of official business would keep him away.
Then, relenting, he sent a further note in his own handwriting: "I have rearranged my
engagements and think I may be able to go. Will know definitely January 19. F.D.R."