On this day: February 8

Published On: Feb 07 2013 11:06:33 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 08 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

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.

OTD February 8 - Orangeburg
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1968: Nine South Carolina Highway Patrol officers in Orangeburg, South Carolina, fire into a crowd of protesters demonstrating against segregation at a whites-only bowling alley near the campus of South Carolina State College, a historically black college, killing three men and wounding another 28. The federal government brought charges against the state patrolmen in the first federal trial of police officers for using excessive force at a campus protest. All nine defendants were acquitted.

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