Return to Daily IQ 1948Surprise, surprise. Truman beats Dewey!Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey to the surprise of pollsters and newspapers, in the greatest presidential upset in history. 1889 North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states, respectively. 1947 Howard Hughes flew the Spruce Goose on its first and only flight. 1959 Twenty-One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admitted that he had been given questions and answers in advance. 1976 Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford, becoming the first U.S. president from the deep South since the Civil War. 1984 Velma Margie Barfield, a convicted murderer became the first woman to be executed since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. 2003 V. Gene Robinson was consecrated as bishop by the U.S. Episcopal Church, becoming the first openly gay bishop in the church. Yesterday Return to Daily IQ Tomorrow or choose another day: JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Today's Birthday or select month and date: JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Year by Year: 1900?2014 or enter a year: Enter a year: ?