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On this day: November 8

Published On: Nov 08 2012 12:52:55 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 08 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - L Douglas Wilder
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1989: L. Douglas Wilder wins the governor's race in Virginia, becoming the first elected black state governor in U.S. history. The first black governor of a U.S. state was P. B. S. Pinchback, who was not elected but succeeded as Louisiana governor on Dec. 9, 1872, upon the removal of his predecessor from office during Reconstruction.

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