LOS ANGELES - It’s been a year since President Trump’s inauguration. We remember President Bush struggling with his rain poncho, but it was far from the strangest thing to ever occur at one of these historical events. These are the five most bizarre things to happen at a U.S. presidential inauguration.
In 1829, Andrew Jackson had to escape through a window at his own inauguration after 20,000 revelers mobbed the White House.
They smashed dishes, crystal, and trampled the furniture searching for the new president. The crowd was finally lured outside when the staff put tubs of whiskey on the White House lawn.
In 1873, organizers brought in 100 canaries to liven up Ulysses S. Grant’s inauguration, but it was so cold that most of them froze to death.
Speaking of the cold, in 1841, William Henry Harrison delivered a 10,000-word address during a snowstorm with no hat, coat, or gloves. It lasted one hour and 45 minutes. Don’t remember Harrison? He died a month later.
In 1901, Teddy Roosevelt wore a ring to his Inauguration that contained a lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair, taken from his head after he was shot.
And in 1793, George Washington’s speech was a mere 135 words, which is shorter than this article.
Of course, the award for the strangest inauguration is always up for grabs. History proves that anything can happen.