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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.
An 1825 Library of Congress Fire
December 22, 1825
On this date, the Library of Congress, then located in a room on the west side of the Capitol, caught on fire.
General George Washington Resigned his Commission in Annapolis, Maryland
December 23, 1783
On this date, in one of the nation’s great acts of statesmanship, General George Washington voluntarily resigned his military commission to the Continental Congress at the State House in Annapolis, Maryland, and returned to private life at his Mount Vernon plantation.
The Origins of the Capitol Christmas Tree
December 24, 1913
On this date, thousands of people flocked to the U.S. Capitol to celebrate Washington’s first “community Christmas.”
The Endangered Species Act of 1973
December 28, 1973
On this date, President Richard M. Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act of 1973 into law.