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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.
Representative Alonzo Ransier of South Carolina
August 17, 1882
On this date, South Carolina Representative Alonzo Ransier, a Reconstruction Era African American and open supporter of women's suffrage, died at the age of 48.
The Highway Safety Act of 1966
August 18, 1966
On this date, the House of Representatives passed the Highway Safety Act of 1966 (S. 3052), which addressed a broad range of issues: driver education; licensing; pedestrian performance; vehicle registration and inspection; traffic control; highway design and maintenance; accident prevention, investigation, and record keeping; and emergency services.
Resident Commissioner Manuel Quezon of the Philippines
August 19, 1878
On this date, U.S. Resident Commissioner Manuel Quezon of the Philippines, and eventual president of the Philippine commonwealth, was born.
Speaker of the House Henry Rainey of Illinois
August 20, 1860
On this date, Speaker of the House Henry Rainey of Illinois, an ally of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and proponent of New Deal legislation, was born in Carrollton, Illinois.