Television broadcast journalist Myron Leon “Mike” Wallace was born on this day in 1918.
During his 60-year career in broadcasting, Wallace interviewed a slew of prominent newsmakers, from Malcolm X in 1964 to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2006. The program with which he was most associated was CBS’s 60 Minutes. Wallace was one of the news show’s original correspondents when it debuted in 1968, and remained a regular on the weekly program until his retirement in 2006.
Mike Wallace died at his New Canaan, CT, home on April 7, 2012, at the age of 93.