Undated (AP) _ PUBLIC OCCURRENCES:

Birthday: A celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Capitol will be kicked off later this week with a number of events including the unveiling of a new mural and a re-enactment of the laying of the cornerstone by George Washington on Sept. 18, 1793. Congress occupied the building following completion of the first wing in November 1800.

Oil Drilling: Sen. Bennett Johnston won qualified Clinton administration support for legislation that would offer new incentives aimed at increasing the development of oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. The Louisiana Democrat is pushing a bill that would allow producers operating in the central and western Gulf of Mexico to recover capital investment costs before having to pay federal royalties. Assistant Interior Secretary Robert Armong said the administration is inclined to support the measure.

QUOTABLE:

''Every statement about terrorism and death (in the Middle East) is equally applicable to Northern Ireland. We have as much an interest in seeing that peace comes to Northern Ireland as we do in the rest of the world. The British must leave Northern Ireland.'' - Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii.

''We have a health care crisis in this country which has reached an epic proportion and a solution is drastically needed. We need to move into action now.'' - Rep. Butler Derrick, D-S.C.

''My heart wants to believe in this, wants peace. My head says be very, very careful. ... Let us not exult too soon. There's a long, long way to go.'' - Rep. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on the newly signed Israeli-PLO peace pact.

LOOKING FORWARD:

Reps. Louis Stokes, D-Ohio, and Harold Ford, D-Tenn., will lead a discussion Friday on ''A Life and Death Issue: Violence in Black America.'' The panel talk will take place during the annual issues forum of the Congressional Black Caucus. The five-day event will also feature a visit by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday for a discussion of health reform plans. The Stokes-Ford panel discussion will specifically address the problem of the early mortality of blacks resulting from violence.

IT'S A FACT:

Although the House and Senate are equal under the Constitution, politicians historically have shown a preference for serving in the Senate, partly because of its exclusivity - only 100 members versus 435 in the House - and its longer terms, six years compared with two for House members. From 1789 to 1985, for example, 535 former House members had served in the Senate but only 57 former senators subsequently became members of the House.

DAYS IN SESSION:

The House and Senate met Tuesday. The House has been in session 103 days this year and the Senate has been in session for 111 days.