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This Week in House History
The House historical highlights featured in This Week in House History are maintained by the Office of the Clerk's Office of Art and Archives. New highlights are added weekly. The collection, searchable by date or subject, includes more than 400 historical House events.
Anthrax Found in the Ford House Office Building
October 20, 2001
On this date, security officials on Capitol Hill found anthrax in the mail room of the Ford House Office Building, making it the third building on the Capitol campus and the first on the House side to test positive for the deadly pathogen.
The Infamous House Bootlegger Known as the “Man in the Green Hat”
October 24, 1930
On this date, the Washington Post published the first installment of an expose by the “Man in the Green Hat," a bootlegger who sold alcohol to Representatives from rooms in the House and Senate office buildings during the 1920s.
The War Powers Resolution
October 24, 1973
On this date, President Richard M. Nixon vetoed the War Powers Resolution after labeling the bill “unconstitutional and dangerous.”
The Fair Labor Standards Act Amendments of 1949
October 26, 1949
On this date, the Fair Labor Standards Act Amendments of 1949 (P.L. 49-393) became law.