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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.
President Roh Tae Woo Addresses a Joint Meeting of Congress
October 18, 1989
On this date, President Roh Tae Woo of the Republic of Korea addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress. In the wake of an attack on the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Seoul, South Korea, Roh planned on reaffirming the country’s friendship with the United States and delivered his address in English.
Congress Commemorates the Centennial of the British Surrender at Yorktown
October 19, 1881
On this date, Members of Congress descended upon the historic Yorktown, Virginia, battlefield to commemorate the centennial of the British ceremonial surrender at Yorktown, fulfilling the October 1781 Continental Congress resolution to create a monument to honor the historic battle.
Ford House Office Building Tests Positive for Anthrax
October 20, 2001
On this date, security officials on Capitol Hill found anthrax in the mail room of the Ford House Office Building, making it the third building on the Capitol campus and the first on the House side to test positive for the deadly pathogen.
Congress Negotiates Amendments to the Clean Air Act of 1990
October 22, 1990
On this date, House and Senate conferees finished deliberations over competing versions of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The bill drastically broadened the responsibility of the federal government in pollution control and authorized creation of an "emissions trading" market.