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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 First Inauguration after the Lame Duck Amendment
January 20, 1937
On this date, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sworn into office at the U.S. Capitol for a second term as President.
House Approval of Legislation to Establish the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York
January 21, 1802
On this date, the House passed H.R. 7, “An Act fixing the Military peace establishment of the United States,” creating a military academy for U.S. soldiers in West Point, New York.
Suffragist Susan B. Anthony’s Petition to the 43rd Congress
January 22, 1874
On this date, suffragist Susan B. Anthony’s petition to the 43rd Congress (1873–1875) regarding a fine she received for illegal voting was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
The First Electronic Vote
January 23, 1973
On this date, at the start of the 93rd Congress (1973–1975), the House held its first electronic vote.