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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.
Marquis de Lafayette’s historic address to the House
December 10, 1824
On this date, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French general and Revolutionary War hero, became the first foreign dignitary to address the House of Representatives in its chamber.
The House declarations of war against the Axis Powers
December 11, 1941
On this date, the House approved declarations of war against Axis Powers Germany and Italy—just three days after Congress had declared war against Japan.
A gunman in the House Gallery in 1932
December 13, 1932
On this date, 25-year-old Marlin Kemmerer, a department store clerk from Allentown, Pennsylvania, brandished a gun in the visitors’ gallery on the west side of the House Chamber, demanding 20 minutes to speak on the nation’s economic depression.
A Joint Session of Congress memorializing President Woodrow Wilson
December 15, 1924
On this date, Dr. Edwin Anderson Alderman, president of the University of Virginia, addressed a Joint Session of Congress memorializing his close friend, the late President Woodrow Wilson.