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By On This Day in NYC's History

“AND THAT’S THE WAY IT IS”

On April 16, 1962: Walter Cronkite, “the most trusted man in America,” was welcomed as the anchor of The 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, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the moon landing. Perhaps his most memorable reporting happened on November 22, 1963, when he broke the news of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

JON CRYER

On April 16, 1965: American actor Jon Cryer was born in New York City. Cryer saw early career success in the John Hughes classic Pretty in Pink, and more recently 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, including 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. Billingsley is best known for his childhood role as Ralphie in the holiday classic, A Christmas Story.

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