On this day: November 2

Published On: Nov 01 2012 08:44:24 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 02 2015 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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1976: Former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter defeats Republican incumbent President Gerald R. Ford, becoming the first U.S. president from the Deep South since the Civil War. Although Ford did carry a majority of the states, 27 to Carter's 23 plus Washington, D.C., he lost the electoral vote battle 240 to 297.