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.
1889: The Dakota Territory is split up with North Dakota and South Dakota being admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states.
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