Congressional Timeline

  • 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified

    20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified
    The amendment changes Inauguration Day from March 4 to January 20 starting in 1937.
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    73rd Congress

  • Senate fires Sergeant at Arms David S. Barry

    Senate fires Sergeant at Arms David S. Barry
    Barry is fired after an article he wrote claimed “there are not many crooks in Congress, that is, out and out grafters; there are not many Senators or Representatives who sell their vote for money, and it is pretty well known who those few are but there are many demagogues of the kind that will vote for legislation solely because they think that it will help their political and social fortunes.”
  • Target of assassination

    Target of assassination
    President-elect Franklin Roosevelt target of assassination.
  • President Franklin Roosevelt is inaugurated

    President Franklin Roosevelt is inaugurated
  • Special session of the U.S. Senate begins

    Special session of the U.S. Senate begins
  • President Roosevelt declares a “bank holiday”

    President Roosevelt declares a “bank holiday”
    His announcement closes all U.S. banks and freezes all financial transactions (the “holiday” ends on March 13).
  • Special session of the U.S. Senate ends

    Special session of the U.S. Senate ends
  • 73rd Congress convenes

    73rd Congress convenes
    <b>1st Session, March 9, 1933, to June 15, 1933</b>
    <b>2nd Session, January 3, 1934, to June 18, 1934</b>
    <b>Special Session of the Senate, March 4, 1933, to March 6, 1934</b>
    Franklin Roosevelt
    Congressional Leaders:
    Senate Majority Leader: Joseph T. Robinson (D-AR)
    Senate Minority Leader: Charles L. McNary (R-OR)
    Speaker of the House: Henry T. Rainey (D-IL). Died in office August 19,
    Majority Leader of the House: Joseph W. Byrns (D-TN)
    Minority Leader of the House: Bertrand H. Snell (R-NY)