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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1913: Actor Burt Lancaster, best known for roles in movies such as "From Here to Eternity," "The Birdman of Alcatraz," "Atlantic City" and "Elmer Gantry," the last of which he won an Oscar for in 1961, is born in Manhattan, New York. He died of a heart attack at age 80 on Oct. 20, 1994.