The Boy Scouts of America is founded, the gas chamber is first used in the United States, the first NFL Draft is held, "Good Times" premieres, and women's ice hockey debuts as an Olympic sport, all on this day.
1968: The sci-fi movie "Planet of the Apes," starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans, Kim Hunter and Linda Harrison, premieres in New York City. The movie, which tells the story of an astronaut crew who crash-land on a strange planet in the distant future and find it run by apes who have adapted human-like intelligence and speech, was a commercial success. It earned more than $32 million worldwide at the box office and spawned a film franchise, including four sequels, as well as a short-lived television show, animated series, comic books, various merchandising, and eventually a remake in 2001 and a reboot in 2011.
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