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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1961: Humorist James Thurber, best known for his cartoons and short stories, published mainly in The New Yorker magazine, dies due to complications from pneumonia at age 66 in New York City. Among his classic short stories are "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "The Catbird Seat," "The Dog That Bit People" and "The Night the Bed Fell."