July 2, 2012 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein | firstname.lastname@example.org
July 1, 1985: After a month of sometimes spirited negotiations between officials of the Washington Press Club and the National Press Club, the two organizations merge.
July 1, 2011: Astronaut Mark Kelly, commander of the last flight of the space shuttle Endeavor, says he’s a little sad as Atlantis takes off on its final mission, but insists at a Club luncheon that “NASA will open a new and exciting chapter” in space exploration. He says he will not run to replace his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in Congress as she continues to recover. “I’m the space guy," he says. Giffords “is the politician in the family.”
July 7, 1983: Harry Belafonte, popular singer and social activist, speaks about human rights in the developing world at a Club luncheon, and returns on December 8, 2003 at a newsmaker event.
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