Live gavel-to-gavel TV coverage coverage of the House floor begins March 19, 1979 -- and so does C-SPAN. The first speaker? Rep. Al Gore (D-TN).
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Recognition of 25 Years of House Coverage
C-SPAN was recognized for 25 years of coverage of the House of Representatives.
Tip O'Neill Elected Speaker of the House
The House of Representatives elects Tip O’Neil Speaker & he accepts the gavel, is sworn in, and makes remarks.
The House voted on the election of a speaker. Representative Tip O’Neill was chosen by members to serve…