On this day: November 2

Published On: Nov 01 2012 07:44:24 PM CDT   Updated On: Nov 02 2012 01:00:00 AM CDT

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.

OTD November 2 - BBC1
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1936: The British Broadcasting Corporation initiates the BBC Television Service, the world's first regular, "high-definition" (then defined as at least 200 lines) service. Renamed BBC1 in 1964, the channel still runs to this day. Pictured is a replica of an Emitron camera used to make the earliest 405-line programs broadcast on the channel.

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