National Press Club

This Week in National Press Club History

January 25, 2010 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Jan.23, 1932: President Herbert Hoover attends the inauguration of the Club’s new president and hates to leave because he‘s having a good time for once.

Jan. 24, 1997: New U.N. Secretary Kofi Annan addresses the Club at Hotel Washington and urges the press to encourage the U.S. to pay its share of the U.N. budget.

Jan. 26, 2007: Actor Gary Sinise pleas for help for disabled veterans at a Club luncheon.

Jan. 26, 1915: Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan makes the first transcontinental telephone call for the Bell Telephone Company from the Club.

Jan. 27, 1964: Sen. Margaret Chase Smith announces her candidacy for the presidency at the Women’s National Press Club.

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 oral history project. For additional information on the Club’s rich history, contact the Club archives.

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