On this day: November 2

Published On: Nov 01 2012 08:44:24 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 02 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

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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2013: Basketball Hall of Fame center Walt Bellamy, who spent 14 years in the NBA, dies at age 74 in College Park, Georgia. After winning a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics, Bellamy won NBA Rookie of the Year in 1962 after his first year with the Chicago Packers. He also played for the Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Jazz during his career before retiring in 1974 with career totals of 20,941 points and 14,241 rebounds.