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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.
The First Time the House Met in the North Wing of the Capitol
November 17, 1800
On this date, the House assembled for the first time in the North wing of the Capitol.
Secretary of State Cordell Hull’s Joint Meeting
November 18, 1943
On this date, Secretary of State Cordell Hull addressed a Joint Meeting becoming the first cabinet Member ever to address the Congress.
The Freedom of Information Act
November 20, 1974
On this date, the House overwhelmingly overrode President Gerald R. Ford’s veto of an expansion of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 371 to 31.
President John Adams’s Annual Message of 1800
November 22, 1800
On this date, President John Adams delivered his fourth annual message to a Joint Session of the 5th Congress (1799–1801) in the new Capitol building in Washington, D.C.