April 25 in freethought history…

edwardrmurrowApril 25, 1908 – Pioneering broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow is born Egbert Roscoe Murrow in Guilford County, North Carolina. He was one of the most influential figures in radio and television news, coming to international prominence for his reports during World War II’s Blitz that began with his distinctive phrase “This… is London.” He later hosted the groundbreaking radio show Hear It Now and its television successor See It Now. Murrow’s crowning triumph was the March 9, 1954 episode of See It Now titled “A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy,” largely considered the beginning of the end for McCarthy’s sensationalist anti-Communist witch-hunts. Murrow died in 1965 at the age of 57 as a result of his lifelong chain-smoking.

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