Datebook: April 16 - Walter Cronkite Becomes Anchor of CBS Evening News 50 Years Ago

Apr 16, 2012

Walter Cronkite became anchor of CBS Evening News, the network's flagship nightly news program, on April 16, 1962. During this time, Cronkite became known as "the most trusted man in America," for his coverage of the JFK Assasination. The progrma dominated nightly news ratings for over 18 years with Cronkite at the helm. His image was bolstered by his support for the space program, leading him to anchor coverage of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969. Also notable was his coverage of the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Iran Hostage Crisis, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and John Lennon. He retired from the post in 1980, and workes as a special correspondent for CBS, CNN, and NPR until his death in 2009. And that's the way it is.

It’s Monday, April 16

The Murray State University Jazz Ensembles will give a concert tomorrow night in Lovett Auditorium.  The MSU Jazz Band kicks off the concert at 7:30 with tunes by Cole Porter, Freddie Hubbard, and more.  The MSU Jazz Orchestra will conclude the concert with selections including Lullaby of Birdland, Night Flight, and Limehouse Blues.  For more information, call the Department of Music at 270-809-4288.

The Caldwell County Senior Center hosts benefits checkups for low-income seniors tomorrow from 11 to 1.  The session is open to all seniors.  Call Lindy Holloway at 270-365-7446 for an appointment.

The Murray-Calloway County Hospital Hospice program offers the first of two volunteer training sessions tomorrow from 7:45 AM to 4 PM.  Hospice care helps patients with end-of-life needs and services.  For more information or to register, call Charlotte Rhodes at 270-767-3670.

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