The American flag dropped to half-staff on June 4, 1936. Congress had just learned that the Speaker of the House, Joseph Byrns, suffered two fatal strokes hours before. This photo evoked the solemn tone of a long day of grieving for Congress.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “House Flag Dropped to Half-Staff for Speaker Byrns,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/PA2014/PA2014-07-0005/
(November 28, 2021)
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