Care to impress your friends with some inaugural facts — trivial and otherwise?
Everyone knows that George Washington was our first president; that Barack Obama will be our first African-American president. But did you know any/all of the following?
First president to wear long trousers (rather than stockings): John Adams
First inaugural covered by telegraph: Polk
First to be photographed: Buchanan
First first lady to ride with husband from Capitol to White House: Nellie Taft
First inaugural to include women in the parade: Wilson
First covered nationally by radio: Coolidge
First televised nationally: Truman
Last to wear a top hat: Kennedy
First to use a fortified, bullet-proof limo: Lyndon Johnson
First to have protection from a Marine Corps biosecurity unit: Clinton
First to use YouTube in an inauguration: Obama
(Thanks to the New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg for these!)