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Jefferson DavisDec 5, 1847

Abraham LincolnJun 16, 1858

Andrew JohnsonMar 13, 1868

Hiram R. RevelsMar 16, 1869

Woodrow WilsonJul 10, 1919

FDRJul 22, 1937

Joseph McCarthyJun 9, 1954

Thurgood MarshallAug 30, 1967

Gerald R FordNov 27, 1973

Martin LutherOct 19, 1983

President BushMar 9, 1989

Bill GatesMar 3, 1998

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Senate - Historical Events
Date Event
43

Octavian, later known as Augustus, compels the Roman Senate to elect him Consul.

27

The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate.

BC
AD
37-03-18

The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius' will and proclaims Caligula emperor.

37-03-28

Roman Emperor Caligula accepts the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate.

41-01-25

After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Senate.

68-06-08

Rome Senate accepts emperor Galba

68-06-09

Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging.

1609-08-08

Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope

1724-01-28

The Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented in the Senate decree. It was called St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.

1791-03-04

Pres Washington calls the US Senate into its 1st special session

1794-02-11

1st session of US Senate open to the public

1794-02-28

US Senate voids Pennsylvania's election of Abraham Gallatin

1803-10-20

US Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase

1804-05-18

Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate

1808-05-30

Napoleon Bonaparte annexes Tuscany & gave it seats in French Senate

1818-04-16

Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment (unarmed US-Canada border)

1834-03-28

Senate censure President Jackson for taking fed deposits from Bank of US

1837-02-08

1st VP chosen by Senate, Richard Johnson (Van Buren admin)

1839-02-07

Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president"

1841-03-05

1st continuous filibuster in US Senate began, lasting until March 11

1845-03-03

1st time, US Senate overrides presidential (Tyler) veto

1847-12-05

Jefferson Davis is elected to the US senate, his first political post.

1850-01-29

Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate

1856-05-22

Violence in Senate, SC rep Brooks used a cane on Mass Sen Sumner

1858-06-16

Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand" accepting Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the Senate

1867-10-23

72 Senators are summoned by Royal Proclamation to serve as the first members of the Canadian Senate.

1868-03-05

US Senate organizes to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson

1868-03-13

Senate begins US President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial

1868-05-16

By one vote, US Senate fails to impeach President Andrew Johnson

1869-03-16

Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by an African American in the Senate

1873-01-14

P B S Pinchback elected to Senate

1878-01-10

US Senate proposes female suffrage

1882-03-16

US Senate ratifies treaty establishing the Red Cross

1884-04-10

US Senate accepts Belgian administration of Congo

1887-01-20

US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor

1893-10-30

US Senate approves repealing Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890

1898-06-17

US Senate agrees to annex Hawaii

1899-02-06

Spanish-American War ends, peace treaty ratified by Senate

1900-01-16

The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands.

1900-12-24

The French Chamber of Deputies and Senate pass a bill calling for an end to agitation or prosecutions against those involved in the Dreyfus affair, which has divided France since 1894

1902-07-01

US Congress passes the Philippines Government Act, providing that the Philippines be governed by a commission appointed by the President, with consent from the senate; Filipinos are to be treated as citizens of their land, no the USA

1903-11-19

Carrie Nation attempts to address Senate

1906-03-07

Finnish Senate accepts universal suffrage, except for poor

1906-12-09

NY American reports Belgian King Leopold II bribed US Senate commission on the Congo

1911-04-27

Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore (for the time being) of the United States Senate.

1911-08-14

United States Senate leaders begin to rotate the office of President pro tempore (for the time being) of the Senate among leading candidates to fill the vacancy left by William P. Frye's death.

1914-08-19

In a message to the Senate, US President Wilson urges the American people to be 'neutral in fact as well as name'

1915-07-02

Erich Muenter, an instructor in German at Cornell University, explodes a bomb in the US Senate reception room

1915-07-03

After exploding a bomb in the US Senate reception room the previous day, Erich Muenter, an instructor in German at Cornell University, shoots JP Morgan for representing the British government in war contract negotiations

1916-04-04

US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WW I

1918-01-28

Finnish Civil War: Rebels seized control of the capital, Helsinki, and members of the Senate of Finland go underground.

1919-06-04

Senate passes Women's Suffrage bill

1919-07-10

US President Woodrow Wilson personally delivers Treaty of Versailles to Senate

1919-11-15

US Senate 1st invokes cloture to end a filibuster (Versailles Treaty)

1919-11-19

US Senate rejects (55-39) Treaty of Versailles & League of Nations

1920-01-19

US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations

1920-03-19

US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations' covenant (maintaining isolation policy)

1922-10-03

Rebecca Felton of Georgia becomes 1st woman in Senate

1923-03-03

US Senate rejects membership of the International Court of Justice, The Hague

1923-03-20

Belgian Senate rejects Dutch University in Ghent

1923-10-25

Senate committee publishes 1st report on Teapot Dome scandal

1924-12-16

Hiram Bingham is elected as a Republican to serve in the U.S. Senate forcing him to resign as Governor of Connecticut after serving only one day in office, the shortest term of any Connecticut Governor

1926-01-27

US Senate agrees to join World Court

1932-05-10

Senate chairman Albert Lebrun becomes president of France

1932-06-17

Bonus Army: around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.

1933-02-17

US Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition

1933-05-15

1st voice amplification system to be used in US Senate

1935-06-12

Senator Huey Long of Louisiana spoke continually for 15½ hours in Senate's longest speech on record (150,000 words)

1937-07-22

Senate rejects FDR proposal to enlarge Supreme Court

1940-04-22

Rear Adm Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable

1945-07-28

US Senate ratifies UN charter 89-2

1945-12-04

Senate approves US participation in UN

1946-02-07

Filibuster in US Senate kills FEPC bill

1947-05-13

US Senate approved the Taft-Hartley Act limiting the power of unions

1949-07-21

Senate ratifies North Atlantic Treaty by a vote of 82-13 (NATO)

1951-02-28

Senate committee reports of at least 2 major US crime syndicates

1952-03-20

Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan by US Senate

1953-06-05

US Senate rejects China People's Republic membership to UN

1954-04-22

US Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings begin

1954-06-09

Joseph Welch asks US Senator Joseph McCarthy "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" during Senate-Army hearings

1954-06-17

Televised Senate Army McCarthy hearings ends

1954-11-01

US Senate admonishes Joseph McCarthy because of his slander campaigns

1954-12-02

US Senate censures Joeseph McCarthy (Sen-R-Wisc) for "conduct that tends to bring Senate into dishonor & disrepute"

1957-02-14

Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites

1959-03-12

US House joins Senate approving Hawaii statehood

1959-06-19

Senate rejects Ike's appointment of Lewis Strauss for Secetary of Commerce

1960-04-08

US Senate passes Civil Rights Bill with measures against discriminatory voting pracrices

1960-04-10

Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill

1960-11-30

French Senate condemns building own nuclear weapons

1961-03-24

NY Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows

1962-07-17

Senate rejects medicare for aged

1963-07-25

Belgian Senate accept Law on language regulations

1963-09-24

US Senate ratifies treaty with Britain & USSR limiting nuclear testing

1963-10-07

Bobby Baker resigns as Senate Democratic secretary

1964-03-30

Astronaut John Glenn withdraws from Ohio senate race

1964-06-29

Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed after 83-day filibuster in Senate

1965-04-13

1st US Senate black page, Lawrence W Bradford Jr, 16, appointed by NY Sen Jacob Javits

1965-08-31

US House of Representatives and Senate establish Department of Housing & Urban Development

1966-11-08

Edward W Brooke (Rep-R-Mass) becomes 1st black elected to Senate

1967-06-23

US Senate censures Thomas J Dodd (D-Ct) for misusing campaign funds

1967-08-30

US Senate confirm Thurgood Marshall as 1st black justice

1970-04-08

Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Carswell to Supreme Court

1970-06-24

US Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

1971-01-06

Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate

1971-03-10

US Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18

1972-08-03

U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

1973-02-07

Senate createse Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities

1973-02-08

Senate names 7 members to investigate Watergate scandal

1973-05-17

Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings

1973-06-25

John Dean begins testimony before Senate Watergate Committee

1973-07-20

The US Senate passes the War Powers Act.

1973-11-27

Senate votes 92-3 to confirm Gerald R Ford as VP

1975-03-07

US Senate revises filibuster rule, allows 60 senators to limit debate

1976-05-19

Senate establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

1977-08-03

United States Senate Hearing on MKULTRA.

1978-01-25

Muriel Humphrey (D-Mn) appointed to fill late husband's Senate seat

1978-02-08

Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.

1978-03-16

US Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty

1978-04-18

Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999

1981-07-08

Senate confirms Sandra Day O'Conner to Supreme Court (99-0)

1981-07-30

Belgian Senate accept laws against racism

1981-09-15

US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court

1982-03-03

Senate begins debate on expulsion of Sen Harrison Williams (D-NJ)

1982-06-18

Voting Rights Act of 1965 extended by Senate by 85-8 vote

1982-07-15

Senate confirms George Shultz as 60th sec of state by vote of 97-0

1983-05-18

Senate revises immigration laws, gives millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program

1983-10-19

Senate establishes Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday

1984-03-20

Senate rejects amendment to permit spoken prayer in public schools

1984-04-10

US Senate condemns CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors

1985-02-23

US Senate confirms Edwin Meese III as attorney general

1985-03-19

Senate votes 55-45, to authorize production of the MX missile

1985-09-15

Senate judiciary committee begins Robert Bork confirmation hearings

1986-02-19

US Senate ratifies UN's anti-genocide convention 37 years later

1986-02-27

The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis.

1986-06-02

Regular TV coverage of US Senate sessions begins

1986-06-24

US Senate approves "tax reform"

1986-08-05

US Senate votes for SDI-project ("Star Wars")

1986-09-17

US Senate confirms William Rehnquist as 16th chief justice

1986-09-27

Senate joins House of Reps voting for sweeping tax reforms

1986-10-09

Senate convicted US District Judge Harry E Claiborne making him 5th federal official to be removed from office through impeachment

1986-10-17

US Senate approved immigration bill prohibiting hiring of illegal aliens & offered amnesty to illegals who entered prior to 1982

1987-07-01

Bork nominated to Supreme Court, rejected in Oct by senate

1987-10-21

Senate debate begins rejecting Robert Bork's Supreme Ct nomination

1987-10-24

Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by senate

1988-01-27

Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves nomination of Judge Anthony M Kennedy to US Supreme Court

1988-05-27

Senate ratified a treaty eliminating medium-range nuclear missiles

1988-09-27

Senate votes for major federal tax code changes

1988-10-19

Senate passes bill curbing ads during children`s TV shows

1988-10-23

Robert Bork's supreme court nomination rejected by US Senate

1988-12-30

Canadian Senate OK's free trade pact; with US

1989-03-09

US Senate rejects President Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary

1989-10-20

US Senate impeaches US District Judge Alcee L Hastings

1990-09-13

Senate Judiciary Com opens hearing on confirmation of David Souter

1990-09-27

Senate Judiciary committee approves Souter's Supreme Court

1990-10-02

US Senate votes 90-9 to confirm David Souter's appointment to Supreme Court

1991-07-31

Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft

1991-09-10

Senate Committee begins hearings on Clarence Thomas' nomination

1992-05-21

NJ senate overrides Governor Florio's veto & lowers sales tax to 6%

1992-11-03

Carol Moseley Brown elected first black woman in US Senate

1993-11-20

Savings and Loan scandal: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.

1994-03-01

Senate rejectes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

1995-09-06

Senate Ethics committee votes 6-0 to ask for expulsion of Bob Packwood

1995-12-12

Amendment to make it illegal to physically desecrate the flag turned down by senate 63-36 (need 2/3 vote)

1996-06-11

Bob Dole, (Sen-R-KS), resigns from US senate to run for president

1996-07-09

US Senate approves 90 cent raise to $4.25 minimum wage

1997-03-04

Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks

1998-03-03

Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee

1998-08-28

Pakistan's National Assembly passes a constitutional amendment to make the "Qur'an and Sunnah" the "supreme law" but the bill is defeated in the Senate.

1998-12-19

Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives forwards articles I and III of impeachment against President Bill Clinton to the Senate.

1999-01-07

Impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton begins in the US Senate.

1999-02-12

President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.

1999-10-13

The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

2000-11-07

Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first former First Lady to win public office in the United States, although actually she still was the First Lady.

2001-05-24

The Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 1994 when Senator James Jeffords of Vermont abandons the Republican Party and declares himself an independent.

2001-06-05

U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party.

2008-12-09

The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama's election to the Presidency

2013-03-23

The US Senate approves its first budget in four years by a margin of 50—49

2013-04-09

The French Senate approves a bill for same-sex marriage

2013-05-06

The US Senate passes a bill enabling taxing of online sales

2013-10-16

The United States ends its 16-day government shut down and avoids default in a Bi-partisan deal in the Senate

2014-11-04

Americans vote in mid-term elections which decide whether Democrats or Republicans control the Senate and pave the way for the 2016 White House race

2014-11-06

The Republicans win control of the US Senate in mid-term elections, increasing its power in the final two years of Obama's presidency

2016-02-10

Senate approves new North Korea sanctions

2016-05-11

Brazil Senate set to vote on Rousseff impeachment

2016-05-18

US Senate set to approve $1.1 billion in Zika virus funding

2016-05-18

9/11 bill passes US Senate despite Saudi threats

2016-11-09

Marco Rubio Wins Re-election in Florida Senate Race

2016-11-09

Tammy Duckworth Unseats Mark Kirk in Illinois Senate Race

2017-03-17

Senate intelligence panel rejects Trump wiretap claim

2017-05-05

US House repeals Obamacare; bill faces higher hurdles in Senate

2017-05-11

Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Michael Flynn for documents in Russia investigation

2017-08-02

Senate confirms Christopher Wray to succeed James Comey as head of FBI

2018-01-14

Chelsea Manning files to run for US Senate

2018-01-20

US government shutdown begins as spending bill fails in Senate

2018-01-21

US Senate to continue working to end government shutdown

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Senate - Birthdays
Date Event
1878-02-01

Hattie Wyatt Caraway, politician/teacher/1st woman elected to senate

1933-08-20

George John Mitchell, (Sen-D-ME, 1980-94/Senate Whip 1989- )

1939-12-02

Francis Fox, Canadian politician, member of the Senate

1942-12-23

Tillie Fowler, Women and Power in the Senate

1947-02-21

Olympia Snowe, The Broken Senate/McCullough/Leader of the Pack

1970-05-23

Kevin E. Curry, The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon's Mark Hatfield

2001-10-07

Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho

Senate - Weddings
Date Event
1994-12-10

Former Senate Majority Leader Mitchell (61) weds sports marketing executive Heather MacLachlan (35) at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York City

Senate - Notable Divorces

NapoleonDec 16, 1809

Senate - Divorces
Date Event
1809-12-16

Napoleon Bonaparte divorces Empress Joséphine by French Senate

Senate - Deaths
Date Event
1985-04-23

Sam Ervin, A Firing Line Debate: Resolved: That the Senate Should Ratify the Proposed Panama Canal Treaties

2005-03-02

Tillie Fowler, Women and Power in the Senate


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