So I was thinking about where the inauguration of Obama fits within the most important political events in American history. So I figured we could have a discussion about it. My list of the top is:
1: The inauguration of John Adams. The first peaceful transfer of power from one President to the next.
2: The ratification of the Constitution.
3: The inauguration of George Washington as the first President under the Constitution.
4: The US Civil War. While you may not consider it a political event, it proved that the Federal Government was more important than individual States, ended slavery, and a few other things. This includes Amendments 13 and 15.
5: Amendment 19. Women's Suffrage.
6: The inauguration of Obama, later today.
7: The first woman Governor, Senator, and Representative.
8: The first minority Governor, Senator and Representative.
9: The resignation of President Nixon.
10 The inauguration of John Tyler, he filled William Harrison's term after Harrison's death.