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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 Annual Easter Egg Roll at the Capitol
April 21, 1876
On this date, the House of Representatives passed the Turf Protection Law, which effectively ended the traditional Easter Monday egg roll at the Capitol.
The Youngest Congressional Gold Medal Recipient, 11-year-old Roland Boucher
April 23, 1941
On this date, Representative Robert Secrest of Ohio, chairman of the House Committee on the Library, reported favorably to the House on legislation to present a Congressional Gold Medal to 11-year-old Roland Boucher of Vermont, the youngest gold medal recipient in congressional history.
Father’s Day Becomes a National Holiday
April 24, 1972
On this date, President Richard M. Nixon signed P.L. 92-278, authorizing the third Sunday in June as “Father’s Day.”
A Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Dissolve the United States Senate
April 27, 1911
On this date, freshman Representative Victor Berger of Wisconsin introduced a resolution to amend the Constitution to dissolve the United States Senate.