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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 1980 Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to the U.S. Summer Olympic Team
July 30, 1980
On this date, President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter presented more than 450 U.S. Olympic athletes with Congressional Gold Medals on the Capitol steps.
The Life of Representative Matthew Lyon of Vermont and Kentucky
August 01, 1822
On this date, Matthew Lyon, one of a handful of U.S. House Member to represent two states, died.
The Joyous Closing of the First Session of the 84th Congress (1955–1957)
August 02, 1955
On this date, while waiting for the Senate to adjourn sine die, Members of the House broke out into song in the House Chamber.
The Addition of the Statue of President George Washington to the National Statuary Hall Collection
August 03, 1909
On this date, the bronze statue of President George Washington arrived at the Capitol.