Today in history: Nov. 2In 1783, Gen. George Washington...

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November 02, 1995

Today in history: Nov. 2

In 1783, Gen. George Washington issued his "Farewell Address to the Army" near Princeton, N.J.

In 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states.

In 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour expressed support for a "national home" for the Jews of Palestine in what came to be known as the Balfour Declaration.

In 1920, 75 years ago, radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcast returns from the Harding-Cox presidential election.

In 1930, Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.

In 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden airplane, known as the Spruce Goose, on its only flight, which lasted about a minute over Long Beach Harbor, Calif.

In 1948, President Truman surprised the experts by being re-elected in a narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey.

In 1959, game show contestant Charles Van Doren admitted to a House subcommittee that he had been given questions and answers in advance when he appeared on the NBC-TV program "Twenty-One."

In 1963, South Vietnamese President Ngo Dihn Diem was assassinated in a military coup.

ONE YEAR AGO: A jury in Pensacola, Fla., convicted Paul Hill of murder for the shotgun slayings of an abortion provider and his bodyguard; Hill was sentenced to death.

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