On this day: November 2

POSTED: 05:44 PM PDT Nov 01, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Nov 01, 2012 

Gen. George Washington says goodbye to his troops, cheerleading is born, the "Spruce Goose" takes off, Truman defeats Dewey, and a federal holiday is created to honor Martin Luther King Jr., all on this day.

OTD November 2 - James Polk
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1795: James K. Polk, who would become the 11th president of the United States (1845–1849), is born in what is now Pineville, N.C.

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