Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on
 

By the Numbers: Presidential inaugurations

By Caitlin Stark, CNN Library
updated 11:13 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 7 -- The number of times the constitutionally-mandated inauguration date has fallen on a Sunday.
  • Up to 800,000 -- Estimated number of people that will attend Obama's second inauguration.
  • More than 1.8 million -- Estimated number of people that attended Obama's first inauguration.
  • 1997 -- Bill Clinton's inauguration is first broadcast live on the Internet.

(CNN) -- The oath, the speech, the crowds, the celebrities, the balls. Every four years Washington celebrates the start of another presidential term. By the numbers, here's a look at presidential inaugurations.

Inauguration brings different kind of gridlock to D.C.

January 20, 2013 -- The date President Barack Obama will be sworn-in to his second term. The public ceremony will be held on Monday, January 21st.

7 -- The number of times the constitutionally-mandated inauguration date has fallen on a Sunday.

56 -- Number of formal presidential inaugural ceremonies held since 1789. (Obama's upcoming inauguration will be the 57th.)

69 -- Number of times the U.S. president has taken the oath of office.

100 years of inaugurations in 2 minutes
Phone companies prepare for inauguration
Son of MLK on Pres. Obama's inauguration

Up to 800,000 -- Estimated number of people that will attend President Obama's second inauguration.

More than 1.8 million -- Estimated number of people that attended President Barack Obama's first inauguration on January 20, 2009.

Historical Facts

1789 -- Date of the first presidential inauguration, that of George Washington. It was held at Federal Hall in New York City.

6 -- The number of times the president has been inaugurated or sworn-in outside of Washington.

135 -- Number of words in George Washington's second inaugural address, the shortest on record.

8,445 -- Number of words in William Henry Harrison's inaugural address in 1841, the longest on record. Harrison died one month after his inauguration, possibly from prolonged exposure to bad weather during his swearing-in.

$4 -- The cost to attend the first inaugural ball, held in 1809 for President James Madison.

1821 -- The first year that the presidential inauguration fell on a Sunday. President James Monroe consulted with the Supreme Court and agreed that ceremonies would be held on Monday.

1901 -- The first year that the House of Representatives was involved in preparations for the inauguration. Since that date the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has organized the inaugural ceremonies.

4 -- The number of outgoing presidents who did not attend the inauguration of their successors.

Interactive: A viewer's guide to the inauguration

Technological Firsts

1857 -- James Buchanan's inauguration is believed to be the first to be photographed.

1897 -- The inauguration of William McKinley is the first to be recorded by motion picture cameras.

1949 -- President Harry Truman's inauguration is the first shown on television.

1997 -- The inauguration of President Bill Clinton is the first broadcast live on the Internet.

Share your inauguration photos on iReport

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
2013 Presidential Inauguration
updated 9:53 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
It was a seemingly wistful moment at the halfway mark of his presidency, before the celebratory parade and the evening's galas.
updated 6:50 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
CNN contributors and analysts offered these assessments of the 44th's president's inauguration.
updated 5:18 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
Here's a look at the inauguration from your perspective, submitted via iReport.
updated 5:34 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
As the nation celebrated the start of another term for President Obama, Republican congressional leaders had a muted, bipartisan response to his second inaugural address.
updated 11:23 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
The alternating red and blue yard signs are long gone, and people here have gone back to familiar rhythms of life.
updated 10:00 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
President Obama began his second term with a "keeping it real" moment courtesy of youngest daughter Sasha.
updated 9:56 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
What a difference four years makes. It's a tale of two terms, marked by battles to come and tasks not yet completed from 4 years ago.
updated 10:11 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
Richard Blanco grew up a Cuban immigrant and gay, and says it speaks to America's strengths that he was chosen to read a poem to the nation.
updated 9:49 AM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent the evening at more intimate affairs: 30,000 guests at two inaugural balls.
President Barack Obama said Monday in his inaugural speech that the nation must come together to meet the challenges of the day, saying: "We are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together."
updated 12:07 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
Hear President Obama recite the oath of office at his second inauguration.
updated 12:03 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden takes his public oath of office for a second term.
updated 1:48 PM EST, Tue January 22, 2013
An American flag waves at the U.S. Capitol building on Sunday, January 20, as Washington prepares for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. CNN brings you the best images from Washington.
updated 12:43 PM EST, Mon January 21, 2013
Watch presidents from the last 100 years take the oath of office on inauguration day.
ADVERTISEMENT