National Press Club

This Week in National Press Club History

January 19, 2010 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Jan.18, 1961: President John F. Kennedy attends the inaugural of new Club President John Cosgrove one week after his own.

Jan. 19, 2007: Bindi Irwin, 8-year-old daughter of naturalist Steve Irwin, is the youngest person to address the Club following his tragic death.

Jan. 21, 2004: Sheila Cherry is sworn in as the Club's first African-American president.

Jan.22, 1997: Itzak Perlman plays his violin at a Press Club luncheon, and says that the arts should not be looked at as "a frill."

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

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