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The first time the President’s “Annual Message” to a joint session of congress was officially called the “State of the Union” happened during the same year the speech was first televised.

Pres. Truman, 1947

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The first time the State of the Union address delivered in an evening television broadcast:

President Johnson, 1965

(Pres. Franklin Roosevelt previously broadcast his address in the evening in 1936, albeit on the radio)

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The first time a President delivered the Annual Message to Congress in person in the 20th century:

President Wilson 1913

(In fact, it was the first time a President delivered the speech in person since 1800)

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Friendly Reminder

“shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

The Constitution (Article II, Section 3, Clause 1) does not stipulate how the President address Congress. Many presidents delivered written updates.
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President George W. Bush delivered the first live webcast of the State of the Union in 2002.

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