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 - James Dean
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1931: Actor James Dean, best known for his movie roles in "Rebel Without a Cause," "East of Eden" and "Giant," is born in Marion, Indiana. Dean's short-lived career ended with his death in a car crash on Sept. 30, 1955. While his acting career only lasted a little more than a year, his three films and tragic death made him an American legend. He was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, for "East of Eden," and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations, earning a second for "Giant."


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