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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.
House Recognizes Cuban Independence from Spain
April 18, 1898–April 19, 1898
On these dates, the conference report for House Resolution 233, recognizing Cuban independence from Spain, passed the House by an overwhelming vote of 311 to 6. It set in motion a series of actions that swiftly brought the U.S. into conflict with the European colonial power.
General MacArthur Delivers Farewell Address to Joint Meeting of Congress
April 19, 1951
On this date, General Douglas MacArthur delivered his famous farewell address to a Joint Meeting of Congress, arguing for a tougher course against Communist China in prosecuting the Korean War. President Harry S. Truman had recently relieved him as commander of U.S. forces fighting in Korea.
Representative Dalip Saund Dies
April 22, 1973
On this date, California Representative Dalip Saund, the first Asian-American Representative to serve in the House, died in Hollywood, California. Born in Amritsar, India, Saund became a U.S. citizen in 1949.
Continental Congress Approves Ordinance Expanding United States Westward
April 23, 1784
On this date, in Annapolis, Maryland, the Continental Congress approved the Ordinance of 1784, creating a framework for the establishment of territorial governments in the area north of the Ohio River.