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: Singer-songwriter k.d. lang, who has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musical performances, including hits like "Constant Craving" and "Miss Chatelaine," is born under the birth name Kathryn Dawn Lang in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.