With Barak Obama’s historic inauguration occurring today, it’s a good time to check out a few other historic firsts:
- John Q. Adams was the first president sworn in wearing long trousers instead of knee breeches.
- The first inauguration to be televised was Harry S. Truman’s.
- James Buchanan was the first president to have his inauguration photographed.
- Warren G. Harding was the first president to ride in a car to his inauguration.
- Ronald Reagan holds the record for the warmest and the coldest January inaugurations. It was 55 degrees F at his inauguration in 1981. Four years later, the mercury never topped 7 degrees F during Reagan’s second inauguration, forcing the swearing-in ceremony to be moved indoors to the Capitol Rotunda.
- Andrew Jackson — a Tennessee boy — was the first president elected from outside the original 13 colonies.
- Lyndon Johnson was the first — and to date only — president sworn in by a woman. Sarah T. Hughes, the U. S. District Judge of the Northern District of Texas, administered the oath of office to Johnson on Air Force One after President John Kennedy’s assassination.
- Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration was the first to fall on Super Bowl Sunday.