More You Know: U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

In tradition, I tend to post information that is relevant to what is occurring in the world. The Presidential inauguration will occur next week in the U.S. What are some of the past inauguration facts? Here they are and sources are from Politifact, Wikipedia, and Britannia.

  1. In 1789, George Washington had the shorted inaugural address of 135 words.
  2. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson was the first inaugural address to be printed in the newspaper.
  3. In 1809, James Madison was the first have an inaugural ball not sponsored.
  4. In 1829, Andrew Jackson had around 10,000 people at his inauguration.
  5. In 1841, William Henry Harrison had the longest inaugural address of 8,460 words.
  6. In 1853, Franklin Pierce was the first not to have any inaugural balls.
  7. In 1857, James Buchanan was the first inauguration to be photographed.
  8. In 1897, William McKinley was the first inauguration to be recorded on film.
  9. In 1925, Calvin Coolidge was the first inauguration to be broadcast nationally on public radio.
  10. In 1937, Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to be sworn in on January 20th.
  11. In 1949, Harry S. Truman was the first inauguration to be televised in black and white.
  12. In 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first to be lassoed by a cowboy.
  13. In 1961, John F. Kennedy was the first inauguration to be televised in color.
  14. In 1977, Jimmy Carter was the first president to walk in the inaugural parade.
  15. In 1981, Ronald Reagan was the first inauguration to be televised for the deaf and hard of hearing.
  16. In 1981, Ronald Reagan had the coldest (7 degrees) and warmest (55 degrees) inauguration.
  17. In 1997, Bill Clinton was the first inauguration to be streamed live on the Internet.
  18. In 2001, George Bush was the first inauguration to be 100+ million dollars.
  19. In 2009, Barack Obama had the highest inaugural attendance with around 1.8 million people.
  20. In 2021, Joseph R. Biden will be the first to have a virtual parade.

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