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.
1896: The Western Conference is formed by representatives of Midwestern universities. The group, which originally included Purdue University, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University, would eventually change its name to the Big 10 Conference.
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U.S. National Archives
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