Inaugurations Throughout History

By Leila Taha
Maryland Newsline
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009

1. How many people attended Barack Obama's inauguration?

Between 3 million and 4 million
Between 2 million and 3 million
Between 1.5 million and 2 million
Between half a million and 1 million

2. Which president died exactly one month after his inauguration?

Millard Fillmore
John F. Kennedy
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison

3. Which president was sworn in by a woman?

Gerald Ford
John F. Kennedy
Jimmy Carter
Lyndon Johnson

4. What is the coldest-ever recorded temperature on a presidential inauguration day?

32 degrees
7 degrees
-6 degrees
-32 degrees

5. Which president's inauguration ceremony was the first to be streamed live on the Internet?

Al Gore
Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Barack Obama

6. What was the price of a ticket for the first inaugural ball to be held on a presidential inauguration day?

25 cents

7. Who was the first president to ride to his inauguration in an automobile?

William Howard Taft
Calvin Coolidge
William McKinley
Warren G. Harding

8. Who was the first president's wife to participate in an inaugural parade?

Abigail Adams
Eleanor Roosevelt
Patricia Nixon
Edith Galt Wilson

9. Which president's inaugural lunch had "Tomato Surprise" on the menu?

George W. Bush
Abraham Lincoln
Lyndon Johnson
Barack Obama

10. On what side of the Capitol is the inauguration ceremony held?


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