Famous People Who Died on April 27
Edward R. Murrow
Radio Personality, News Anchor, Journalist / 1908 - 1965
American radio and television news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow gave eyewitness reports of WWII for CBS and helped develop journalism for mass media.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Linguist, Philosopher, Political Leader, Journalist / 1891 - 1937
Antonio Gramsci was an Italian Communist Party leader. He was arrested for speaking out against fascism and wrote his Prison Notebooks before dying in jail.
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