Chickens That Disrupted the Nixon 1973 Inaugural Ball

ID: SIA2009-0415 and 73-688-22A

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Event

Date: January 20, 1973

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 10, Folder 12

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Chickens exhibited as part of an exhibit on American farm life at the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. One of these chickens, a Dominican Red rooster, escaped during President Nixon's second Inaugural Ball at the museum on January 20, 1973. Eighth Secretary S. Dillon Ripley captured the escaped chicken while it was bothering a female guest.


  • Nixon, Richard M (Richard Milhous) 1913-
  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Agnew, Spiro Theodore
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • United States President (1969-1974 : Nixon)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 10, Folder 12

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 20, 1973

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  • Animals
  • Inaugurations
  • Inaugural Balls
  • Birds
  • Exhibitions
  • Rooster
  • Inauguration Day
  • Chickens


  • Event
  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

SIA2009-0415 and 73-688-22A

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Event; Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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