On February 27, 1939 Fortune magazine published a survey-based article that concluded, "it appears practically impossible for [President Franklin D.] Roosevelt to be re-elected in 1940." Roosevelt ultimately defeated his Republican opponent, Wendell Willkie, with 54.7 percent of the popular vote and 449 electoral votes to Willkie's 82.
... in 1948, Will Irwin, a journalist billed as, among other things, "the world's greatest reporter," died at age 74. Irwin served as an editor for Collier's Weekly, McClure's, and other major magazines of his day.
Also on this day, in 1990, Malcolm Forbes, flamboyant publisher and nominal editor in chief of Forbes magazine, died at age 70.
... in 1857, S.S. (Samuel Sidney) McClure was born in Ireland. After immigrating to the U.S. as as boy, he had a long career in publishing, most notably as founder and editor of McClure's magazine. He died in 1949.