This was Television on February 6

1959: Murrow meets Castro

In perhaps the most controversial installment of his news and interview series Person to Person, CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow visited Havana to interview Fidel Castro. The revolutionary leader had assumed rule of Cuba the previous month, at the head of what was then a provisional government. Though Castro had not yet become known as a full-fledged dictator of the island, his association with the Communist movement still made him infamous to many Americans. The interview drew heated criticism for Murrow, who was never shy about courting controversy during his famed journalism career.  -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Tom Brokaw, anchor (73); Mike Farrell, army captain (74); Zsa Zsa Gabor, socialite (96); Megan Gallagher, social worker (53); Patrick Macnee, avenger (91); Ronald Reagan, playhouse host (d. 2004); Rip Torn, talk show producer (82); Michael Tucker, L.A. lawyer (69).

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