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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 Volstead Act
October 28, 1919
On this date, the 66th Congress (1919–1921) overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s veto of the National Prohibition Act.
The Honoring of Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks
October 30–31, 2005
On these dates, civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was honored in the U.S. Capitol.
A 19th-Century Halloween Prank in the Capitol
October 31, 1885
On this date, a prank played on a new Capitol Police Officer led to the firing of gun shots in Statuary Hall.
The Election of President James Garfield of Ohio
November 02, 1880
On this date, Representative James Garfield of Ohio became the first (and still the only) sitting House Member to be elected President of the United States.