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First Televised Presidential News Conference: Anniversary, 1961

January 25th, 2023

On this day in 1961, President John F. Kennedy becomes the first U.S. president to hold a live televised news conference.

From a podium in the State Department auditorium, Kennedy read a prepared statement regarding the famine in the Congo, the release of two American aviators from Russian custody and impending negotiations for an atomic test ban treaty. He then opened the floor for questions from reporters, answering queries on a variety of topics including relations with Cuba, voting rights and food aid to impoverished Americans.

Source: www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kennedy-holds-first-live-television-news-conference

 
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