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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.
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s Address to a Joint Meeting of Congress
October 05, 1945
On this date, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander of Allied naval forces in the Pacific during World War II, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.
The Mysterious Artist, C.J. Fox, and the Portrait of Chairman Edward Garmatz
October 06, 1968
On this date, Representative Edward Garmatz of Maryland celebrated his chairmanship of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries with the unveiling of his portrait in the committee hearing room; however, the artist, C.J. Fox, did not exist.
The Closure of the House Public Galleries During the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
October 07, 1918
On this date, the House public galleries were closed due to the severity of the Spanish influenza pandemic, which according to some estimates, killed more than 50 million people worldwide.
The Curious Death of Former New York Congressman Michael Farley from Anthrax
October 08, 1921
On this date, former New York Representative Michael Francis Farley, suffering severe pains, was admitted by his physician into the sick ward at Bellevue Hospital in New York City; seven hours later, Farley was dead at age 56.