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“AND THAT’S THE WAY IT IS”

On April 16, 1962: Walter Cronkite, “the most trusted man in America,” became the anchor of CBS Evening News, where he remained for 19 years. Cronkite reported on many notable and historic events during his career, such as WWII, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and the moon landing. One of his most memorable pieces of reporting aired on November 22, 1963, when he broke the news of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Cronkite passed away in 2009 at age 92.


 

JON CRYER

On April 16, 1965: Actor Jon Cryer was born in New York City. Cryer saw early career success in the John Hughes classic Pretty in Pink, and is more recently known for his two-time Prime Time Emmy Award-winning role as Alan on Two and a Half Men.

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KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

On April 16, 1947: Legendary basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born in New York City. Abdul-Jabbar is one of the most prolific and decorated NBA players in history, earning a record six regular season MVP awards.

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“YOU’LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT”

On April 16, 1971: Actor Peter Billingsley was born in New York City. He is best known for his childhood role as Ralphie in the holiday classic, A Christmas Story.