Google Doodle celebrates Walter Cronkite's 100th birthday

Sarah Mulé
Google celebrates the 100th birthday of Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America. Screenshot from Google
Google celebrates the 100th birthday of Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America." Screenshot from Google

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Google celebrated Walter Cronkite's 100th birthday Friday with a doodle that highlighted major moments in his career, from his first CBS Evening News broadcast to his last.

The doodle flips through various dates on an older model TV, taking notice of Cronkite's first broadcast in 1962, his coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the moon landing in 1969 and his final broadcast in 1981.


"Walter perpetuated an objective reporting style rooted in justice and integrity," Google said.

Cronkite began his career in 1937 at United Press, which later became United Press International, where he established himself as a reputable journalist providing in-depth coverage of World War II and the Nuremberg Trials.

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He joined CBS News' Washington, D.C., bureau in 1950, and began his broadcast career hosting a 15-minute segment on Sunday evenings.

On April 16, 1962, he began hosting the Evening News, where he'd remain through some of the nation's biggest events, until his retirement in 1981.

Cronkite died on July 17, 2009.

"He was a devout political advocate in the interest of free speech and media, an enthusiastic NASA supporter and a sailing aficionado," Google said in its tribute. "As a fixture in our living rooms, Walter brought a calm dose of consistency during the most pressing times with his end-of-segment catchphrase: 'And that's the way it is.'"

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