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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.
Delayed End of the First Session of the 59th Congress
June 30, 1906
On this date, the first session of the 59th Congress (1905–1907) ended several hours late after an erroneous $3,000,000 appropriation for a new federal building in the enrolled version of an omnibus public buildings bill was discovered.
Ratification of the 26th Amendment
July 01, 1971
On this date, the 26th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, which lowered the national voting age to 18. Endorsed by Speaker Carl Albert, the amendment had passed the House by a vote of 401 to 19 on March 23, 1971.
Continental Congress Declares Independence from Great Britain
July 02, 1776
On this date, the Continental Congress agreed to declare independence from Great Britain. Virginia Delegate Richard Henry Lee earlier had introduced a measure whereby the Congress resolved to dissolve “all political connection” between the United Colonies and Great Britain.
House Passes the Civil Rights Act of 1964
July 02, 1964
On this date, the House passed the final version of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Emanuel Celler and Ranking Member William McCulloch led a bipartisan coalition to guide the landmark legislation through the House.