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Edwards, Douglas

Born: 1917 AD
Died: 1990 AD
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1917 – Douglas Edwards, born on the 14th of July in Ada, Oklahoma. He was America’s first network news television anchor.

 

1942 – Joined CBS Radio, eventually becoming anchor for the regular evening newscast The World Today as well as World News Today on Sunday afternoons.

 

1950 – He himself covered as a reporter in these years were the Miss America Pageant (five times) andthe attempted assassination of Harry S. Truman.

 

1952 – Covered the coronation of Elizabeth II.

 

1962 – He was replaced by Walter Cronkite, and the newscast’s name was changed to CBS Evening News.

 

1988 – His retirement on the 1st of April, he clung to a small role within CBS television news, anchoring a mid-day five-minute newsbreak.

 

1990 – Died of cancer at the age of 73, on the 13th of October.

 

2006 – He was posthumously elected to the Radio Hall of Fame.