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His famous last line for these programs was: "What sort of day was it?
A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times ...
the Dawson's Field hijackings; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the assassinations of President John F.
Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon.
A key moment for Cronkite came during his coverage of John F. Another factor in Cronkite and CBS' ascendancy to the top of the ratings was that, as the decade progressed, RCA made a corporate decision not to fund NBC News at the levels that CBS provided for its news broadcasts.
Consequently, CBS News acquired a reputation for greater accuracy and depth in coverage.
With his name now established, he received a job offer from Edward R.
Murrow at CBS News to join the Murrow Boys team of war correspondents, relieving Bill Downs as the head of the Moscow bureau.
Cronkite was on board USS Texas (BB-35) starting in Norfolk, Virginia, through her service off the coast of North Africa as part of Operation Torch, and thence back to the US.
During the early part of his tenure anchoring the CBS Evening News, Cronkite competed against NBC's anchor team of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, who anchored the Huntley-Brinkley Report.