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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2001: The animated movie "Monsters, Inc." premieres in theaters. The film, the fourth produced by Pixar Animation Studios, would record the best debut ever for an animated film and the sixth best of all time and earn a total of more than $525 million worldwide.