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 - Dukes of Hazzard
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1985: "The Dukes of Hazzard" ends its six and a half year run on television. The show followed the adventures of cousins Bo and Luke Duke as they raced around in their customized 1969 Dodge Charger, christened The General Lee, while evading crooked county commissioner Boss Hogg and his inept county sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. The show was consistently among the top-rated television series for its first four seasons, but couldn't recover from a ratings slide after stars Tom Wopat and John Schneider walked before the fifth season over a contract dispute and were replaced by lookalike replacements Coy and Vance Duke, played by Byron Cherry and Christopher Mayer. Wopat and Schneider returned toward the end of the season, but the damage was done.


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