U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOLDS FIRST MEETING
New York City (JFK+50) Two hundred and twenty-seven years ago today, April 1, 1789, the United States House of Representatives held its first full meeting here in New York.
Frederick Muhlenberg* of Pennsylvania was elected the first Speaker of the House.
*Frederick Muhlenberg (1750-1801) was born in Trappe, PA. His father was a German immigrant & Lutheran pastor. FM attended the University of Halle at Wittenberg and was ordained as a Lutheran minister in 1770.
FM served as a member of the Continental Congress in 1779 & 1780 and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1780-83. He served as both the 1st and 3rd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
JFK PROPOSES NATIONAL CRIME COMMISSION
Dodgeville, Wisconsin (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy, campaigning for President fifty six years ago today, warned of a... "powerful....dangerous and growing...organized criminal syndicate operating in America."
JFK called for the establishment of a permanent "National Crime Commission" which would "investigate and gather information" about underworld activities and report it to local authorities.
Happy April Fools Day
"The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools' Day
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment."
Poor Robin's Almanac 1790