Saturday, November 3, 2012
On November 3, 1948, the Chicago Tribune committed an infamous blunder by mistakenly declaring New York Governor Thomas Dewey the winner of the presidential election against incumbent Harry S. Truman. The headline – "Dewey Defeats Truman" – became notorious after a triumphant Truman was photographed holding a copy of the paper (pictured) during a train stop at St. Louis Union Station while returning to Washington from his home in Independence, Missouri. Truman comfortably defeated Dewey by 114 electoral votes. Many U.S. newspapers had predicted a Dewey victory that year. As a result, Truman circumvented the press by embarking on a 22,000-mile "whistle stop" train and auto tour and directly asked crowds to reelect him. Public sentiment gave birth to his slogan, "Give 'em Hell, Harry!"