Never before has there been an event like Wednesday in the 220-year history of the US Parliament House ‘Capital Building’ when thousands of rioters, outgoing President Donald Trump’s supporters, entered here and tried everything possible to hinder the discharge of constitutional obligations. It is being described as a ‘black day’ in the democratic history of America.
However, this is not the first time the Capital Building has witnessed violence. Let me tell you that in the year 1814, it became witness to a similar violence. Then it was only 14 years since the start of work in this building. In the war, British forces tried to destroy the building by burning it.
Please tell that the British invaders first looted this building and then set fire to its southern and northern parts. The Library of Parliament was burnt in this fire. But due to the kindness of nature, the water started to rain with a sudden thunderstorm and the building was completely destroyed.
Much has happened since then and many incidents have mocked the meaning of words like ‘Sangh, Justice, Tolerance, Independence, Aman’ written on the platform of the House Chamber. The building was also bombed several times, firing several times. Once, one MP almost killed another MP.
Along with this, in 1950, four Puerto Rico nationalists waved the island’s flag and fired 30 bullets from the House’s viewing gallery shouting ‘Puerto Rico’s independence’. Please tell that five MPs were injured in this violent incident. One of the injured MPs was seriously injured.
On his arrest, his leader Lolita LeBron said, “I have not come here to kill anyone, I have come here to die for Puerto Rico.” Earlier in 1915, a German man sent a dynamite Had fitted three sticks. They also exploded, but no one was around then.
The extreme left organization ‘Weather Underground’ exploded here in 1971 in protest against the US bombing in Laos. At the same time, the ‘May 19 Communist Movement’ exploded in the Senate in 1983 to protest the US invasion of Grenada. There were no deaths in both incidents but major losses and safety standards were tightened.
In 1998, a mentally ill man opened fire at the check post in which two officers were killed. The attacker was later arrested. The traces of this incident can still be seen on the statue of former Vice President John C. Calhoun. There is a bullet mark on the statue.
Also in 1835 a man tried to fire President Andrew Jackson outside this building but the pistol failed to fire and Jackson managed to capture it. In another incident, in 1856, MP Preston Brooks attacked Senator Charles Summer with a stick.
The attack was carried out because the Senator criticized slavery in his speech. Samar was beaten so badly that he could not come to Parliament for three years. Brooks was not dismissed from the House but resigned on his own. However, he was soon re-elected.