On this day: November 8

Published On: Nov 08 2012 01:52:55 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 08 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

Gunslinger Doc Holliday dies, the X-ray is discovered by accident, John F. Kennedy is elected president, the Florida recount begins, and the "Guitar Hero" craze is born, all on this day.

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HBO

1972: HBO launches its programming, debuting with the broadcast of the 1971 movie "Sometimes a Great Notion," starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda. The first broadcast was transmitted to 325 Service Electric cable television subscribers in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Immediately after the movie, HBO broadcast its first sports event, showing an NHL hockey game between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.