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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2004: President George W. Bush is elected to a second term, winning 50.7 percent of the popular vote to defeat the Democratic challenger, U.S. Sen. John Kerry. Bush received 286 electoral votes to Kerry's 251.