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Dan Rather

Born: 1931 AD
Currently alive, at 91 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Journalist, Reporters

1931 – Born on the 31st of October in Wharton, Texas U.S.A.


1950 – He began his career as a Associated Press ( American news agency) reporter in Huntsville, Texas.



1949 – High School: John H. Reagan High School, Houston, TX    

1953 – University: BA Journalism, Sam Houston State University    

1954-55 – University: Journalism, Sam Houston State University

University: University of Houston (dropped out)

Law School: South Texas School of Law (dropped out)



1957 –  Married Jean Goebel, Apr-1957, (one daughter, one son)



1962 –  He joined CBS News, and was head of the network’s Southwest bureau in Dallas when

John F. Kennedy was assassinated there.




1963 – Rather was the first reporter to go live with news that the President had been shot, and the first and only reporter allowed to view Abraham Zapruder’s home movie of Kennedy’s killing in the immediate aftermath of the assassination. The now-famous film was not seen by the public for several years — instead, CBS broadcast Rather’s description of the footage, in which he said Kennedy’s head "went forward with considerable violence" after being struck, tacitly suggesting that the President had been shot from behind by lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald. When the footage was eventually released, it showed the opposite — Kennedy’s head snapped violently backward, almost as if he had instead been shot by an unknown gunman in front of the motorcade.


           -At the time, though, Rather’s reports on the assassination impressed then-anchor Walter Cronkite, and with subsequent coverage of the Vietnam and Afghanistan wars and years of work on 60 Minutes, Rather was groomed for the anchor’s chair. He took over the CBS Evening News when Cronkite stepped down in 1981, but while the newscast had been top-rated under Cronkite, it was the lowest-rated newscast for most of Rather’s long tenure.




1968 – Covering the tumultuous 1968 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago, Rather was slugged live on camera during a near-riot.




1980 – he was charged with disorderly conduct after refusing to pay a $12.55 cab fare.




1986 – he was mugged in New York by a man who, according to Rather, repeatedly asked him, "What’s the frequency, Kenneth?" For a short while in 1986, he inexplicably ended each night’s newscast with the word, "Courage", but stopped using that tagline when it — and he — became the butt of jokes. In a 1987 newscast Rather walked off the set, leaving an empty chair for six minutes, reportedly believing that the broadcast had been preempted by sports coverage.




1994 – Rather was briefly teamed with co-anchor Connie Chung, but the ratings only declined further. He was the first American reporter to interview Saddam Hussein after Iraq attacked Kuwait in 1990.



1981-2005 – was the anchor of the CBS Evening News.




       -He became famous for his folksy metaphors, some of which were genuine Texas colloquialisms from his youth, while others were apparently improvised by Rather on the air. Covering the razor-close 2000 U.S. President election. Rather reported that "we don’t know whether to wind the watch or to bark at the moon", and said the election was "as hot and tight as a too-small bathing suit on a too-long ride home from the beach".




2006 –  after leaving CBS he soon resurfaced at an obscure cable channel, HD Network, where he hosted Dan Rather Reports.



2006 – He donated $2 million to his alma mater, Sam Houston State University, the largest single monetary

             gift in the school’s 127-year history.