Walter Cronkite, 1916-2009
Walter Leland Cronkite, the most trusted man in America, died July 17, 2009. One day after the world started celebrating the anniversary of man’s journey to the moon, the event he covered 40 years ago.
Walter Cronkite reported the news from 1937-1981: the bombing in World War II, the Nuremberg trials, the Vietnam War, JFK assassination, Watergate, and the Iran Hostage Crisis.
He was also known for extensive TV coverage of the U.S. space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle.
Millions who watched his relaxed, reassuring delivery, gained a warm feeling that all was not lost, even as the nation faced the horrors of an unpopular war in Vietnam, scandal in high places in the capital, or the holding hostage of United States diplomats in Tehran.
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