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November 3 in history:

It may be the most famous wrong headline in newspaper history…”DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.”  Based on the early returns on election night in 1948, the Chicago Tribune published the first edition of its November 3rd paper with the Dewey headline.  Later in the night, incumbent President Harry Truman won a full term by defeating Republican Thomas Dewey.  Shortly after the election, Truman happily posed for a picture, holding up the incorrect headline.

We know for a fact that presidents elected on November 3rd include Franklin D. Roosevelt (second term) in 1936, Bill Clinton defeating President George H.W. Bush in 1992, and Lyndon Johnson winning a full term with a victory over Barry Goldwater in 1964.

“The Andy Griffith Show” was a top 10 hit in 1964…and in every year that it was on CBS.  Two cast members of the Griffith show and its spinoff, “Mayberry RFD,” both were born on November 3rd in 1933.  Aneta Corsaut played Mayberry schoolteacher Helen Crump, who dated and then married Sheriff Andy Taylor.  Ken Berry was brought in to play town councilman Sam Jones, who became the main character on “Mayberry RFD” when Griffith ended his own show in 1968.  Berry also starred on “F Troop” and “Mama’s Family.”

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