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Bush inaugural gown goes down in history

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First lady Laura Bush's inaugural gown became a historical artifact Sunday when she donated it to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Exactly one year after her husband took the oath of office, leading her to nine inaugural balls and into the White House, the first lady turned the sequined red dress over to the museum. She kept up a tradition dating back to Helen Taft, whose husband, William Howard Taft, was sworn in as president in 1909, and who later donated her gown.