On this day: November 2

Published On: Nov 01 2012 08:44:24 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 02 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT

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.

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1966: Actor David Schwimmer, best known for portraying Ross Geller in the TV sitcom "Friends" and for voicing Melman the giraffe in the animated "Madagascar" movies, is born in Flushing, Queens, New York City.