Thursday, January 20, 2005


The Independent (and its Irish sister) both have an article by Rupert Cornwell on the Inauguration today. Nothing much to say on this, other than Cornwell wrongly states that William Henry Harrison's inauguration was in 1845. Doesn't anybody do fact checking these days? I don't really blame Cornwell, but what about the editors of these two papers? Using Google it took me 7 seconds to confirm my memory that it was 1841.

Poor ole William Henry Harrison. He gave a long, long speech in a cold rain and ended up getting pneumonia and died a month after he took office. He campaigned with John Tyler under the famous slogan, "Tippecanoe and Tyler too".