On this day: November 2

Published On: Nov 02 2012 06:47:58 AM 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.

OTD November 2 - Nelly
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1974: Rapper Nelly, who began his solo career in 2000 with his debut album "Country Grammar," the title track of which was a top-10 hit, and also recorded the No. 1 hits "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma," is born under the birth name Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. in Austin, Texas.

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