Important events he reported included when President John F. Kennedy was shot dead; the Apollo 11 moon landing; the Vietnam War; and the Watergate scandal, which led to President Richard Nixon resigning from his position. Due to how much he knew and his honesty, he was often called "the most trusted man in America."
He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle. He was the only non-NASA recipient of a Moon-rock award. Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase "And that's the way it is," followed by the date on which the appearance aired.
He was married to Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Maxwell from 1940 until her death in 2005. They had three children.
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- "Fascinating Facts about Walter Cronkite". Voices.com. http://voices.yahoo.com/fascinating-facts-walter-cronkite-3838168.html?cat=49. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "CBS News Unveils Coverage of JFK Assassination Anniversary, Dan Rather-Free". Deadline.com. http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/cbs-news-announces-coverage-of-jfk-assassination-anniversary-dan-rather-free/. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
- "Former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite dies". MSNBC.com. 19 July 2009. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30988078/ns/entertainment-television/?GT1=43001. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
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