On this day: November 8

Published On: Nov 08 2012 01:52:55 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 08 2013 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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1960: U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts, defeats Vice President Richard Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the 20th century to become the 35th president of the United States. Kennedy was elected with a lead of 112,827 votes, or 0.16 percent of the popular vote, giving him a victory of 303 to 219 in the Electoral College, the closest since 1916.