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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1984: The British drama "The Killing Fields," starring Sam Waterston, John Malkovich and Haing S. Ngor (pictured), premieres in New York City. The movie is about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. It would go on to earn seven Academy Award nominations, with Ngor, who was himself a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime and their labor camps, winning Best Supporting Actor. The film also won for Best Editing and Best Cinematography.