On this day: February 8

POSTED: 09:06 PM PST Feb 07, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 07, 2016 

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 - Charles Curtis
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1936: Charles Curtis, the first Native American U.S. senator and vice president, dies of a heart attack at the age of 76 in Washington, D.C. Curtis, who was enrolled in the Kaw tribe and spent his childhood living with his mother and her family on the Kaw reservation near Council Grove, Kansas, joined the Senate in 1907 and became the 31st vice president of the United States in 1929 under President Herbert Hoover.


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