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.
1976: Martin Scorsese's psychological thriller film "Taxi Driver," starring Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, a mentally unstable New York taxi driver prone to outbursts of violence, premieres in theaters. The movie, which also features Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd and Harvey Keitel, would end up earning four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor for De Niro, Best Supporting Actress for Foster, and Best Original Score. Filmed on a budget of $1.3 million, the movie earned $28 million in the United States, making it the 17th-highest-grossing film of 1976. It is regularly cited by critics and audiences alike as one of the greatest films of all time and De Niro's character's catchphrase, "You talkin' to me?," quickly became a pop culture icon.
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