Sunday marks 65th anniversary of "Dewey Defeats Truman" mistake

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Everybody loves an underdog story, but few are more famous and more Kansas City than the one captured in the iconic picture above.

Sunday marks the 65th anniversary of the Chicago Daily Tribune falsely printing that New York Governor Thomas Dewey defeated Harry S. Truman to become President of the United States.

Truman, an Independence, Mo., native, got the paper handed to him when his train stopped in St. Louis and reporters got curious.

"One of the great elements of that picture of the spontaneity and you can really see it." Said Director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library Michael Devine.  "This is not a staged photo opp; this is something – a spur of the moment – ‘Mr. President, what do you have there?' He holds it up and the photographers went to work."

The paper's printer's union was on strike that week so the paper's other employees, exhausted from doing extra jobs, left early election night.

The paper's owner was sure that Dewey would win.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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