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Network TV news came to a crossroads this month with the final broadcast of Tom Brokaw as anchor of the "NBC Nightly News" and Dan Rather's announcement of his retirement in March as anchor of the "CBS Evening News." With the growth of cable and the Internet, pundits wondered if their departures could mark the end of the era of network news dominance.

1963: As a young reporter, Mr. Rather covered the JFK assassination.

1966: Like most top newsmen of his generation, Mr. Rather covered the Vietnam War.

1974: Mr. Brokaw reports the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.

1980: Mr. Brokaw was the host of the "Today" show from 1976 to 1981.

1980: Mr. Rather with Walter Cronkite, whom he followed as "CBS Evening News" anchor.

1984: Mr. Brokaw's broadcast in Normandy on the 40th anniversary of D-Day.

1986: Mr. Brokaw reports the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

1989: Mr. Brokaw was the first reporter on site the night the Berlin Wall fell.

2000: The first post-impeachment interview with President Clinton.

2001: Ground Zero interview with then-Fire Dept. Commissioner Thomas Von Essen.

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