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This Week in National Press Club History: Anwar Sadat talks Israeli peace

February 4, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

FEB. 6, 1978: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat outlines his negotiating positions about normalization of relations with Israel and the status of the Palestinian territories at a Club Luncheon shortly after peace talks at Camp David with President Jimmy Carter. King Hussein of Jordan, prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, have also spoken at Club Luncheons about long-standing crises in the Middle East.

FEB. 7, 1911: Actress Sarah Bernhardt thanks the National Press Club for supporting her career. Audrey Hepburn, Angelina Jolie, Celeste Holm, Jane Fonda, and just a few months ago, Goldie Hawn, are among the many stars who’ve appeared at the National Press Club in support of causes of particular concern to them.

FEB. 7, 2006: Richmond mayor Douglas Wilder, the first African-American to be elected governor of any state since Reconstruction (Virginia (1990-2004), appears with actor, dancer and singer Ben Vereen to discuss their plans for a National Slavery Museum.

This Week In National Press Club History is brought to you by the History & Heritage Committee, which preserves and revitalizes the Club’s history through lobby displays, panel discussions, events and its oral history project.

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