Who did the Chicago Tribune erroneously claim had beaten President Truman to win the presidential election on this day in 1948?
“Dewey Defeats Truman” was an incorrect banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune on November 3, 1948, the day after incumbent United States President Harry S. Truman won an upset victory over Republican challenger and Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election.
Perhaps the most famous incorrect banner headline in history is “Dewey Defeats Truman” which was published on the front page of the Chicago Tribune on November 3, 1948, the day after incumbent President Harry Truman won an upset victory over the Republican Governor of New York, Thomas E. Dewey, in the presidential election. In one of history’s most iconic photographs, Truman can be seen holding the famous issue of the newspaper soon after winning the election.
Tribune publishers were able to laugh about the blunder years later and had planned to give Truman a plaque with a replica of the erroneous banner headline on the 25th anniversary of the 1948 election. However, Truman died on December 26, 1972, before the gift could be bestowed