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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1950: Irish writer George Bernard Shaw dies at age 94 in Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England. Shaw is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film "Pygmalion," an adaptation of his play of the same name, respectively.