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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.
President Woodrow Wilson Addresses a Joint Session
August 29, 1916
On this date, during the 64th Congress (1915–1917), President Woodrow Wilson addressed a Joint Session to try to prevent a crippling nationwide strike by union railroad workers.
Representative Larry McDonald among Victims of Flight KAL007
September 01, 1983
On this date, Representative Larry P. McDonald, 268 other passengers, and crew aboard Korean Airlines Flight 007, died when a Soviet fighter plane shot down the unarmed civilian Boeing 747 airliner after it had strayed into Russian airspace.
1937 Wildlife Restoration Act Becomes Law
September 02, 1937
On this date, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Wildlife Restoration Act, which directed taxes on firearms and ammunition sales back to the individual states to fund wildlife management and habitat protection.
House Returns from Recess Early to Provide Hurricane Katrina Relief Funds
September 02, 2005
On this date, the House and Senate returned to Washington early from their summer recess to provide financial aid to the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.