Famed newscaster Walter Cronkite, who spent 19 years anchoring The CBS Evening News, has died at the age of 92. His lengthy career in television began in the early 1950s; for many years he worked in radio. It was Cronkite who broke the news of President Kennedy’s death to countless viewers glued to their sets on November 22nd, 1963: “From Dallas, Texas, a flash, apparently official: President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, 2:00 Eastern Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago.”
In 1969 he would spend close to 28 hours on the air during the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing. It is perhaps fitting that Cronkite passed away so close to the 40th anniversary of that mission. CBS News has a lengthy obituary at its website as well as a special section with videos and photos. Other obituaries: CNN, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter. You can read Cronkite’s entry in the Encyclopedia of TV at The Museum of Broadcast Communications website.