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.

OTD November 8 - 1994 election
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1994: Republicans gain control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years, riding their "Contract with America" to sweeping mid-term victories. The contract detailed what the Republicans planned to do should they take control of the House, including plans designed to shrink the size of government, promote lower taxes and greater entrepreneurial activity, and implement both tort and welfare reform.