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This Week in House History
The historical highlights featured in This Week in House History are written by the historians, archivists, and curators who preserve the history of the U.S House of Representatives. New highlights are added weekly. The collection, searchable by date or subject, includes more than 400 historical House events.
Vice President Spiro Agnew Requests Impeachment Investigation
September 26, 1973
On this date, Speaker Carl Albert denied Vice President Spiro Agnew’s request to commence an impeachment investigation into charges that he received bribes while serving as Governor of Maryland and as Vice President.
Representative Patsy Mink Passes Away
September 28, 2002
On this date, Representative Patsy Mink, Democrat from Hawaii and the first Asian-American woman in Congress, died in the city of Honolulu. She was elected to the 89th Congress (1965–1967) and served for six terms until she lost the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.
House Overrides President Reagan's Veto of the Comprehensive Apartheid Act
September 29, 1986
On this date, a strong bipartisan coalition in the House overrode President Ronald Reagan’s veto of the Comprehensive Apartheid Act by a 313 to 83 vote. The bill contained the first substantive economic sanctions levied against South Africa for its practice of racial apartheid.
Joseph Marion Hernández Becomes First Hispanic American to Serve in Congress
September 30, 1822
On this date, Joseph Marion Hernández, a Delegate from the Florida Territory, became the first Hispanic American to serve in Congress. Elected as a Delegate to the 17th Congress (1821–1823), he served for less than one year in the House.