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11 things you didn't know about past inaugurations

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Whatever happens at Donald Trump's inaugural ceremony, he won't be able to lay claim to these historic firsts. 

At this point, you've probably heard that President Washington had the shortest one and that William Henry Harrison's speech was so long he caught pneumonia and died (which is mostly wrong, by the way). But we've got the inauguration records and weird facts you didn't already know.

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** FILE ** This is an undated photo of a 1800 portrait depicting Thomas Jefferson by artist Rembrandt Peale. The first child born at the White House was the grandson of President Thomas Jefferson. The second child born there was his property _ the African-American baby of Jefferson's two slaves. (AP Photo/File)

The inaugural address wasn't given in D.C. until Thomas Jefferson's in 1801. 

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In 1825, John Quincy Adams, the fifth president, became the first to wear long trousers instead of knee breeches.

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Depicted in this illustration, the inauguration of William Henry Harrison in Washington on March 4, 1841. Harrison was 68-years-old when he took office. Hatless and without an overcoat he rode horseback from the White House to the Capitol on a wintry day and stood for an hour in a raw wind while delivering his inaugural address. A month later he died of pneumonia. The artist?s conception of the inauguration included some light finery which hardly matched the weather of the day. (AP Photo)

You've probably heard William Henry Harrison, the president with the shortest term, died because his speech was too long and he caught pneumonia. But now experts believe the open-air sewage in D.C. at the time did him in.

11 things you didn't know about past inaugurations

WATCH | William McKinley in 1897 was the first president to have a video camera record his inaugural address. Here's a look at what it captured.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Judge Sarah T. Hughes of Dallas, Tex., in his White House office, Feb. 1, 1964. Judge Hughes administered the oath as President to Johnson shortly after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22. (AP Photo/John Rous)

In 1963, U.S. District Judge Sarah T. Hughes became the first woman to administer the oath of office when Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated.

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First Lady Nancy Reagan looks on as President Ronald Reagan is sworn in during ceremonies in the Rotunda beneath the Capitol Dome in Washington Monday, January 21, 1985. Reagan, forced indoors by a record inaugural freeze, reenacted his oath taking and sounded a second term dedication to his conservative principles. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

The coldest inauguration was Ronald Reagan's second one, with a high temperature of just 17 degrees Fahrenheit. It was so cold, the festivities were moved inside. His first term was actually the warmest, hitting 55 degrees.

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FILE - Military units splash along in the pouring rain during the inaugural parade of President Franklin D. Roosevelt Jan. 20, 1937 in Washington. Aides tried to talk Roosevelt into moving the ceremony indoors but he looked out at the soggy crowd and replied: ``If they can take it, I can take it.'' Mother Nature doesn't always frown on presidential inaugurations, but occasional storms have been miserable, even fatal. (AP Photo, files)

The worst inauguration weather is a toss-up between William H. Taft, who saw 9.8 inches of snow in 1909, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, who saw 1.77 inches of rain in 1937 (pictured).

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President Barack Obama waves following his inaugural address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Obama's inauguration in 2009 holds the record for attendance at an inaugural address. In fact, it holds the attendance record for any event in Washington, D.C. at 1.8 million.

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President Clinton is sworn in for his second term by Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist during the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1997 became the first one to be broadcast live online. 

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Gen. Ulysses S. Grant poses in Washington, D.C., on March 9, 1864. Grant led the Union Army to victory during the American Civil War, and accepted the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Court House in 1865. He was made full general in 1866, and served two terms as U.S. President from 1868 to 1877. (AP Photo/Mathew Brady)

Ulysses S. Grant holds the dubious honor of killing the most birds during his address. During his 1873 inaugural ball, canaries that were brought to lighten the mood froze to death. 

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Andrew Johnson's memories of his vice presidential inaugural address might have been a bit hazy. He drank "medicinal" whiskey to fight malaria, but he was noticeably drunk at his speech in 1865.

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