This Day in Pop Culture for November 3

Dewey Defeats Truman

1948: Newspaper Mistakenly Declares Dewey President

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.

1718: National Sandwich Day

The noble title known as the Earl of Sandwich was created in 1660 by the House of Montagu in England. John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, was actually born on November 13 (not the 3rd) in 1718. However, it is today that serves as a day of unofficial honor to the chap because of few stories that John was the inventor of the modern sandwich. It is said that John would have his servants place cuts of meat and place them between slices of bread so that he could eat while gambling. (Image: Pixabay)

1975: ‘Good Morning America’ Debuts

In the mid 1970’s NBC’s Today was a hit show hosted by Jim Hartz and Barbara Walters. In an attempt to steal away some of the show’s viewers, ABC created AM America which was hosted by Bill Beutel and Stephanie Edwards along with Peter Jennings and Robert Kennedy reading the morning news. After months of trying, the show didn’t make a dent in Today’s ratings, but ABC learned that one of its affiliates had actually pre-empted AM America for a local show called The Morning Exchange. That show had a more relaxed approach to the news, offered weather updates at the top and bottom of each hour and shared stories of general interest and entertainment topics in addition to the morning’s headlines. The show was revamped and debuted as Good Morning America on this day in 1975. The new show was hosted by David Hartman and Nancy Dussault (who later starred on the sitcom Too Close for Comfort.) (Image: Wikimedia)

Movies Released

  • Borat (2006)
  • Carrie (1976)
  • Charlie’s Angels (2000)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  • Flushed Away (2006)
  • Guys and Dolls (1955)
  • Lady Bird (2017)
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

TV Series Debuts

  • Blockbuster (2022)
  • Diff’rent Strokes (1978)
  • Good Morning America (1975)
  • The Nanny (1993)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1952: Roseanne Barr (comedian)
  • 1952: Jim Cummings (voice actor)
  • 1953: Kate Capshaw (actress)
  • 1953: Dennis Miller (comedian)
  • 1954: Adam Ant (singer)
  • 1957: Dolph Lundgren (actor)
  • 1995: Kendall Jenner (model)

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