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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.
Mid-nineteenth Century Proposals for Electronic Voting in the House
March 02, 1848
On this date, inventor Francis H. Smith of Baltimore petitioned the House to develop a legislative telegraph to tally the yeas and nays.
The First Congressional Override of a Presidential Veto
March 03, 1845
On this date, in the waning hours of the 28th Congress (1843–1845), the House joined the Senate to pass Congress’s first presidential veto override (over lame-duck President John Tyler’s veto of an appropriation bill).
The Inauguration of President Calvin Coolidge in 1925
March 04, 1925
On this date, the first national radio broadcast of an inauguration occurred when President Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office on the East Front of the Capitol.
The Congressional Gold Medal for Singer Marian Anderson
March 08, 1977
On this date, President Jimmy Carter signed a bill conferring a Congressional Gold Medal upon singer Marian Anderson, which marked the first time the honor was bestowed to an African American.