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.

OTD November 2 - Magic Johnson
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1992: Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson aborts a planned comeback to the NBA, citing controversy over his return as some players, such as Utah's Karl Malone, were vocal about competing against a player who had tested HIV-positive.