366 Days to Go!
We’re only a year away from the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America. We thought we’d look up some facts and were amazed what we found.
- There’s a silly reason why people watch it in the cold. The ceremony happens outside because in 1817 there was a disagreement between the House of Representatives and the Senate over which chairs would be used in the House chamber . The simplest solution? Move it outside, where it has taken place ever since.
- Knee breeches are out of style. If the 45th President wears trousers next January, they will be part of a 192 year old tradition. John Quincy Adams was the first President to eschew knee breeches in 1825.
- Born in the USA: Martin Van Buren, inaugurated in 1837, was the first President to be sworn in who had not been born a British subject Birthers would have had a field day two centuries ago!
We’ve collected some of our favourite inauguration firsts in this infographic.
(click on the image for a larger version you can read!)
Do you have a story about a memorable inauguration or election history? As we slog through the campaign season, think about the election stories that made a difference to you and your family and submit a story to be a part of history!