Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago today, March 9, 1961, President John F. Kennedy, who pioneered live televised news conferences shortly after his inauguration on January 20, was awarded a medal for an "Outstanding contribution to broadcasting" by the Radio and Television Executives Society*.
The medal, which is now part of the collection of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, measures 2 inches in diameter and is made of 14K gold.
*The International Radio and Television Society is open to individuals engaged in communication through radio, television and cable. Its purpose is for the exchange of ideas in areas affecting their common interests and welfare.
The IRTS, founded in 1952, has 1900 members with headquarters at 420 Lexington Avenue in New York City. Today's organization was formed by the merger of the American Television Society, Radio Executives Club and the Radio and Television Executive Society.
"The Encyclopedia of Television News," edited by Michael D. Murray, Oryx Press, 1999.
JFK MAKES FILM ON PEACE CORPS
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago today, March 9, 1961, President John F. Kennedy was filmed speaking in the Red Room of the White House for a brief motion-picture on the newly-created Peace Corps of the United States.
JFK says in the film that Peace Corps volunteers...
"...will learn as much as they will teach...."
SOVIETS LAUNCH SPUTNIK 9 ON MARCH 9, 1961
Moscow, USSR (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago today, March 9, 1961, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 9, a spacecraft which carried a human dummy named Ivan Ivanovich.
This mission was intended as a preliminary to Soviet manned spaceflight.
JFK HONORS TRUMAN COMMITTEE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago this evening, March 9, 1961, President John F. Kennedy appeared briefly at a dinner honoring the 20th anniversary of the Truman Committee held at the Mayflower Hotel here in the Nation's Capital.
The Truman Committee. which was created on March 1, 1941, first chaired by Senator Harry S Truman of Missouri, was charged with ending "waste, corruption and profiteering" in the U.S. defense industry. It held hundreds of hearings and saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
JFK mingled with guests and spoke with former President Truman who had met with JFK in the White House earlier in the day.