ultimateToday is Inauguration Day in the United States, the day when every four years our President takes the oath of office for the next four year term.

This year with Inauguration Day, January 20th, falling on a Sunday, the festivities have been held off until tomorrow, which happens to be the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, which works out well as it is already a Federal holiday.

With the Inauguration on the agenda, The History Channel has been running a wonderful series over the past few days – a four part series called The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents.

About The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents: “America’s unique form of democracy separates power among three branches of government: the legislative, judicial and executive. As the head of the executive branch, the president of the United States is the country’s most visible and important leader, both at home and abroad. Join HISTORY for a fresh perspective on how the Oval Office has evolved over the past 200 years through stories about the 43 men who have served as commander-in-chief. This eight-hour miniseries concentrates on the ebbs and flows of presidential power and responsibilities as each of America’s leaders deal with the events, expectations and challenges of his time.”

I have caught a couple of the shows and it is a nice primer to the history of the Presidency and the men who have occupied the office. I thought of this to post today, as many of the presidential profiles begin with their inaugurations, of course, and none more trivia-baiting than that of William Henry Harrison.

Harrison, our ninth president, famously gave the longest Inauguration Day speech on record (trivia point one) on a cold rainy day refusing to wear a hat or coat. He ended up contracting pneumonia and died within a month of taking office – the first president to die in office (trivia point tow).

Anyway, The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents is a well packaged overview of our Presidents and our history and is a nice way to spark your interest in learning more about our past leaders and history.

See the schedule for The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents and all of the great programming of The History Channel here.