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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.
House Censors Claims Committee Chairman Joshua R. Giddings
March 22, 1842
On this date, the House voted 125 to 69 to censure Joshua R. Giddings of Ohio. The chairman violated House rules by introducing a series of resolutions defending a slave rebellion aboard the Creole, thus violating the "gag rule."
Congress Overrides Veto by President Ronald Reagan
March 22, 1988
On this date, by a vote of 292 to 133, the House joined the Senate in overriding President Ronald Reagan’s veto of the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, which amended Title IX (Prohibition of Sex Discrimination) of several civil rights laws.
George Washington Writes to Continental Congress about Conditions in Boston
March 24, 1776
On this date, General George Washington wrote a letter to the Continental Congress about conditions in the city of Boston, which British troops had evacuated after a one-year occupation. The Continental Congress received Washington’s letter on April 3 and referred it to a committee.
Representative Lera Millard Thomas of Texas Wins Special Election
March 26, 1966
On this date, Representative Lera Millard Thomas won the special election to succeed her late husband Albert Thomas for remainder of his term in the 89th Congress (1965–1967). Thomas successfully secured the creation of a NASA lab in her district, among other achievements.