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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1992: Film director and producer Hal Roach, best known for his Hal Roach Studios, which produced movies with Harold Lloyd, Will Rogers, the "Our Gang" kids and, most famously, Laurel and Hardy, dies from pneumonia at age 100 in Bel Air, California.