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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.
Frank Mitchell, the First 20th-century, African-American Page
April 14, 1965
On this date, Frank Mitchell became the first 20th-century, African-American Page in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman and Poet John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts
April 16, 1831
On this date, while serving in the 22nd Congress (1831–1833), Adams penned the epic poem, “Dermot MacMorrough, or The Conquest of Ireland.”
A 1973 Protest by House Freshmen
April 18, 1973
On this date, freshman Members of the Democratic Caucus gained control of the House Floor for roughly four hours.
General Douglas MacArthur Delivered his Farewell Address to a Joint Meeting of Congress
April 19, 1951
On this date, General Douglas MacArthur delivered his famous farewell address to a Joint Meeting of Congress, arguing for a tougher course against Communist China in prosecuting the Korean War.