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 - 1880 election
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1880: Republican Party candidate James A. Garfield is elected U.S. president over Civil War Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock. Despite capturing fewer than 2,000 more popular votes than Hancock, Garfield was easily elected, capturing 214 of the 369 electoral votes cast. It is to date the smallest popular vote victory in American presidential election history.

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