‘July 26, 1954: President Eisenhower hands Irving Berlin one of the pens with which he signed a bill conferring a special gold medal on the 66-year-old songwriter for writing patriotic songs which have endured two wars. His wife, Mrs. Irving Berlin, looks on. Bettmann/CORBIS’

July 26, 1954: President Eisenhower hands Irving Berlin one of the pens with which he signed a bill conferring a special gold medal on the 66-year-old songwriter for writing patriotic songs which have endured two wars. His wife, Mrs. Irving Berlin, looks on. Bettmann/CORBIS

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