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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 Committee on Science and Astronautics
July 21, 1958
On this date, House Resolution 580 authorized the establishment of the Committee on Science and Astronautics.
The 1998 Shooting of Two Capitol Police Officers
July 24, 1998
On this date, two Capitol Police officers, Officer Jacob J. Chestnut, Jr., and Detective John M. Gibson, died in the line of duty.
A Flight Demonstration by the Wright Brothers
July 26, 1909
On this date, before a crowd of Washington political luminaries including House Speaker Joe Cannon of Illinois, Orville and Wilbur Wright conducted a test flight at Fort Myer outside of Washington, D.C.
A Congressional Gold Medal for President Ronald W. Reagan and the First Lady
July 27, 2000
On this date, during the 106th Congress (1999–2001), H.R. 3591 was signed into law, awarding President Ronald W. Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan the Congressional Gold Medal.