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 - 2000 Florida recount
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2000: In Florida, a statewide recount begins to decide the winner of the state's 25 electoral votes and, thus, the winner of the 2000 U.S. presidential election. Election day had come to an end the day before with only 1,784 votes separating Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. After weeks of drama, an intense recount process and the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore, Bush officially won Florida's electoral votes, by a margin of only 537 votes out of almost 6 million cast, and as a result, the entire presidential election.

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