National Press Club

This Week in National Press Club History

December 9, 2009 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Dec. 7, 1939: Founders’ Day dinner is attended by President Roosevelt; James Farley, head of the Post Office; Secretary of State Cordell Hull; and Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau.

Dec. 7, 1941: Members converge from everywhere on the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Dec. 9, 1985: Journalist Flora Lewis receives the Fourth Estate Award.

Dec. 12, 1912: First burlesque joint debate: "Resolved: that bow legs are a greater menace to navigation than knock knees” with distinguished debaters from the press and politics, including future Democratic candidate for president James M. Cox.

This Week in National Press Club History is brought to you by the History Committee, which is dedicated to preserving, and revitalizing the Club’s history through displays, panel discussions and lectures, as well as interviewing members as part of the Club’s long-standing oral history project.

The History Committee's December meeting will take place at noon Wedneeday, Dec. 9. For more information on upcoming History Committee-sponsored events, or to join the History Committee, contact Marc A. Wojno at .