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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.
A Joint Session to Honor President Franklin D. Roosevelt
July 01, 1946
On this date, Congress held a Joint Session to honor the memory of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which was attended by dignitaries from around the world.
The Continental Congress Declared Independence from Great Britain
July 02, 1776
On this date, the Continental Congress agreed to declare independence from Great Britain, two days before approving the formal document, the "Declaration of Independence."
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
July 02, 1964
On this date, the House of Representatives passed the final version of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, shepherded by a bipartisan coalition led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Emanuel Celler of New York and Ranking Member William McCulloch of Ohio.
The Independence Day Election of Pennsylvania Representative Galusha A. Grow as Speaker of the House
July 04, 1861
On this date, Representative Galusha A. Grow became the only Speaker of the House elected to that position on Independence Day, after President Abraham Lincoln convened a special session to address the secession of the southern states and the expansion of the Union Army.