National Press Club

This Week in National Press Club History

September 28, 2009 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Sept. 27, 1959: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev holds a press conference at the National Press Club on his return from a transcontinental tour of the U.S.

Sept. 27, 1994: CNN founder Ted Turner says it’s over for newspapers, unfortunately, because of the not instantaneous transmission of news electronically.

Sept. 28, 1938: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt appears at the Club.

Oct. 3, 1909: Explorer Frederick A. Cook appears at the Press Club and claims to be the first man to reach the North Pole.

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 meets at noon on the last Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting is tomorrow, Sept. 29. For more information on upcoming History Committee-sponsored events, or to join the History Committee, contact Marc Wojno at