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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 Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) Act
May 14, 1942
The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) Act, which authorized a voluntary enrollment program for up to 150,000 women to join the U.S. Army in a noncombat capacity, was signed into law.
The Roberto Walker Clemente Congressional Gold Medal
May 14, 1973
On this date, President Richard M. Nixon formally approved P.L. 93–33 (87 Stat. 71), the Roberto Walker Clemente Congressional Gold Medal.
Hopi Indians from northern Arizona performed a series of sacred dances at the U.S. Capitol.
May 15, 1926
On this date, Hopi Indians from northern Arizona performed a series of sacred dances for the public and prominent U.S. government officials on the East Front of the Capitol.
A Saturday session in the First Congress
May 16, 1789
On this date, the First Congress (1789–1791) met for a rare Saturday session.