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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 1948 Alger Hiss–Whittaker Chambers Hearing before HUAC
August 25, 1948
On this date, former State Department official Alger Hiss, and Whittaker Chambers, a former communist spy and magazine editor, faced each other in a public hearing before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC).
The 19th Amendment
August 26, 1920
On this date, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby proclaimed the 19th Amendment—extending the vote to women—ratified as part of the Constitution.
Uncle Joe Cannon’s Colorful Words on the House Floor
August 27, 1890
On this date, the House of Representatives fell into complete disarray after Representatives Joe Cannon of Illinois and William McAdoo of New Jersey exchanged verbal insults, followed by a brawl between John Wilson of Washington and Charles Beckwith of New Jersey during floor debate.
The 24th Amendment
August 27, 1962
On this date in 1962, the House passed the 24th Amendment, outlawing the poll tax as a voting requirement in federal elections, by a vote of 295 to 86.