Inauguration Trivia

Longest

SPEECH: William Henry Harrison (March 4, 1861 -- 8,445 words which took an hour and 45 minutes to deliver)



Shortest

SPEECH: George Washington (March 4, 1793 -- 135 words which took less than two minutes to deliver)



Coldest

INAUGURATION DAY: (January 21, 1985 -- 7 degrees for Ronald Reagan's second inauguration)



Warmest

INAUGURATION DAY: (January 20, 1981 -- 55 degrees for Ronald Reagan's first inauguration)



Largest

CROWD: Nobody's sure. Lyndon Johnson's 1965 inauguration drew an estimated 1.2 million and Washington, D.C., officials stopped estimating after the 1995 Million Man March



PARADE: (January 20, 1953 -- The four-hour, 32-minute affair for Dwight Eisenhower included 73 bands and 59 floats. There's a limit now to 15,000 participants.



Most



INAUGURAL BALLS: (January 20, 1997 -- 14, some of which saw a presidential appearance for only about 11 minutes.)



Oldest



BIBLE: (March 4, 1933 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt took the oath of office on a circa-1686 Dutch-language family bible.)



First



INAUGURAL PARADE: (March 4, 1805 -- Thomas Jefferson)



PUBLIC INAUGURATION: (March 4, 1807 -- James Monroe)



INAUGURATION PHOTOGRAPH: (March 4, 1857 -- James Buchanan)



AUTOMOBILE: (March 4, 1921 -- Warren G. Harding was the first to ride to the inauguration in a car)



TELEVISED INAUGURATION: (January 20, 1949 -- Harry Truman)



INAUGURATION TELEVISED IN COLOR: (January 20, 1961 -- John F. Kennedy)



INTERNET INAUGURATION: (January 20, 1997 -- The ceremony for Bill Clinton was broadcast live on the Internet.)

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