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 - Jenny Lind
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1887: Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind, one of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century, dies at age 67 in Wynd's Point, Herefordshire, England. Known as the "Swedish Nightingale," her popularity exploded when she undertook a concert tour of America at the invitation of showman P. T. Barnum in 1850.

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