Today, April 16, 2012, is the 50th anniversary of an event that was an important milestone for television, TVNewser.com reports.
On April 16, 1962, CBS News presented the first broadcast of "Walter Cronkite with the News," the story reports. Back then the broadcast was just 15 minutes long, but that was the beginning of the "CBS Evening News."
In 1963, the show expanded to a half-hour and was officially renamed "CBS Evening News."
On Sunday’s "Face the Nation," Bob Schieffer reminisced about Cronkite’s iconic tenure, saying, “Over the years, I have been asked many times, ‘What was he really like?’ I always reply, ‘He was off camera exactly the way he was on camera.’ There are not many of those, but he was just the way you would want him to be.”
The story notes that in the 50-year history of the show it has only had five anchors — or six if one counts the pairing of Dan Rather and Connie Chung.