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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.

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1755: Marie Antoinette is born an archduchess of Austria at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria. She would later marry Louis-Auguste, the heir apparent to the French throne, and eventually become the queen of France. However, after Louis XVI was deposed during the French Revolution and executed in January 1793, she too would be imprisoned, convicted for treason and executed by guillotine on Oct. 16, 1793.


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