Today is Walter Cronkite’s birthday. He would have been 100 years old.
According to Wikipedia, the American broadcast journalist, who was born Nov. 4, 1916 and died July 17, 2009, was best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). He was frequently called “the most trusted man in America.”
Cronkite covered major events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam War; the Dawson’s Field hijackings; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon.
In addition, he is highly esteemed for his reporting on the U.S. space program. He was the only non-NASA honoree of a Moon-rock award.
Cronkite is also remembered for his sign-off catchphrase, “And that’s the way it is,” followed by the broadcast’s date.