The venerated US broadcast journalist was born 100 years ago today. There is an appreciation here.
He will be remembered by later generations from the closing verse of Bob Dylan's "Black Diamond Bay":
I was sitting home alone one night in L.A.
Watching old Cronkite on the seven o'clock news
Today is also the 60th anniversary of the Soviet forces' crushing of the anti-communist revolt in Hungary. Vladimir Putin was just over four years old at the time of the event, which must have helped in forming his attitudes.