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  •  CBS News (5+ / 0-)

    This is either from November 21, 1963 or the morning of November 22, 1963.

    I never realized until today how much the two events were overlapping.

    •  CBS Evening News, Cronkite and The Beatles (3+ / 0-)
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      SherwoodB, Neon Mama, gerrilea
      Mr. Cronkite then told me of his reaction to the story. "I was semi-interested, but I did not immediately run the story because it was a busy news week. I put it on the shelf until we had time for that sort of feature."

      As it turned out, the story was slated to run at the end of that week on the CBS Morning News and the CBS Evening News. But just hours after the feature on The Beatles was broadcast on the morning of November 22, 1963, Walter Cronkite was on the air informing the country that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. There was no evening news that night as CBS and the other two networks carried on with continuous coverage of the tragic assassination of the President. "For the next few weeks, the President's death dominated the news. By the second week in December, I thought it was once more appropriate to run feature stories. We decided to broadcast Kendrick's Beatles piece on our Evening News program. Shortly after we were off the air, I got a call from Ed Sullivan."

      Bruce Spizer

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