Thursday, November 3, 2016

Newspaper Mistakenly Declares Dewey President

The Chicago Tribune announced wrongly that Governor Thomas Dewey won the presidential election against Harry S. Truman.
November 3, 1948
Talk about mistakes. On this day in 1948, the Chicago Tribune made the huge mistake of declaring New York Governor Thomas Dewey the winner of his presidential race against Harry S. Truman. The front-page headline: "Dewey Defeats Truman.” Many newspapers were making early predictions of the win, so Truman went on a 22,000-mile railroad and automobile campaign tour. It is believed that Truman won due to his persistent direct interaction with the public. In the end, he won by 114 votes. This photo shows the beaming winner holding a copy of the newspaper with the false headline.