This Month in History: A split Democratic Party faces the 1948 Election

On this day in 1948, the Democratic Party was on the verge of splitting in two. Less than two months later, a group of southern delegates would march out of the party convention. They were irate about changes to the party platform, and they refused to participate in the nomination of Harry S. Truman for […]

This Day in History: Election uncertainty in 2000

On this day in 2000, Americans woke up to something unusual: It was the day after Election Day, but they didn’t yet know the name of their probable President-elect. Would it be George W. Bush or Al Gore? More than a month of legal wrangling would follow. But did you ever think about this? The […]

This Day in History: Benjamin Harrison wins the White House, despite a popular vote defeat

On this day in 1888, Benjamin Harrison defeats Grover Cleveland for the presidency, despite losing the national popular vote. Cleveland had won 5.5 million votes nationwide! By contrast, Harrison had only 5.4 million. Wait. But Harrison won anyway!? Yes, he did! 😉 The national popular vote tally has no legal significance under our Electoral College […]

This Day in History: Calvin Coolidge is elected in a landslide

On this day in 1924, Calvin Coolidge was elected to the presidency with 382 electoral votes. He’d won 35 states, compared to the 12 won by his Democratic opponent and the single state won by a third-party Progressive candidate. Coolidge had been serving as President since Warren Harding’s sudden heart attack in August 1923. At […]

This Day in History: Harry Truman’s surprising election

On this day in 1948, Harry Truman pulls off a startling victory! Public opinion polls had predicted that he would lose his bid for the presidency . . . except then he didn’t. Indeed, the Chicago Daily Tribune was so sure of Truman’s impending defeat that it pre-printed an erroneous headline in big, bold letters […]