Biden is first American president to be inaugurated on a rare palindrome date: That won’t happen again for 1,000 years
London, Jan. 20, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Wednesday will inaugurate the first string of palindrome dates this year, beginning with 1-20-21 and ending with 1-29-21.
Next stop: Washington, D.C. pic.twitter.com/oW0C4LQVBf— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 19, 2021
It will also mark the first Inauguration Day in American history that falls on a rare seven-digit palindrome date, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. The next one isn’t for another 1,000 years on Jan. 20, 3021.
This year’s Presidential inauguration will be unlike any that’s gone before – thanks to the global pandemic and Donald Trump.
On Wednesday Joe Biden will take the oath of office and become the 46th President of the USA, succeeding the divisive Republican.
In normal times the event would attract large crowds in front of the US Capitol building in Washington DC, and the outgoing commander-in-chief would be present to wish his successor well.
In 2021, however, neither of those things will be the case.
Fears over Covid-19 have prompted Biden to call on supporters to stay away – while 25,000 National Guard troops will be on hand to keep the peace after Trump fanatics started a riot two weeks ago.
Wednesday’s seven-digit palindrome is one of 26 such dates in the 21st century.
A palindrome is a word, verse, sentence, or number that reads the same backward and forward, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
This year is filled with 22 palindrome dates, which is remarkable because there are only two years in a century where this can happen: the years ending in 11 and 21, according to Dr. Aziz Inan, a professor at the University of Portland who has been studying palindrome dates for over a decade.
“The year 2011 had 22 (palindrome dates), and in the next century, they will be found in 2111 and 2121,” Inan said to Farmer’s Almanac.
Another stretch of palindrome dates this year will start on Dec. 1, jump-starting nine consecutive days filled with five-digit palindromes.
There was already one palindrome this year, 1-2-21, which was a four-digit date. There are 19 five-digit palindromes this year, plus two six-digit ones, per the Farmers’ Almanac