WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, JANUARY 25: FIRST PRESIDENTIAL NEWS CONFERENCE ON TV
Profile America — Monday, January 25th. In this world of instantaneous and constant media coverage, it may seem hard to believe, but the first televised presidential news conference was held on this day just 49 years ago. Only five days in office, President John F. Kennedy faced network cameras to answer the questions of the Washington press corps. It was an innovation to see a president in an unrehearsed setting, and the session established a tradition that continues to this day. Some presidents relish the give and take, others are obviously less pleased by the format. In 1961, more American homes had radios than had television sets. Now, both are nearly universal, and the average home has close to three television receivers. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, now preparing for the 2010 Census on April 1st.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 100
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 796
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t. 1090
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look under the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau