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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.
Representative John Quincy Adams Suffers Fatal Stroke on House Floor
February 21, 1848
On this date, Representative and former President John Quincy Adams suffered a fatal stroke on the House Floor. Members moved the 80-year-old former President to the Rotunda and then relocated him to what is now the Lindy Claiborne Boggs Congressional Women’s Reading Room.
Congress Commemorates Completion of the Washington Monument
February 21, 1885
On this date, the House and Senate met in a Joint Session to commemorate the completion of the Washington Monument. The movement to construct the monument began in 1783 at the suggestion of a volunteer association.
House Opens a Third Office Building
February 23, 1965
On this date, the Rayburn House Office Building, named after former Speaker Sam Rayburn, opened along Independence Avenue on the southwestern corner of Capitol Hill. The House opened its first office building in 1908 and second in 1933.
House Votes on Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson
February 24, 1868