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 - Laos
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U.S. Army

1971: Backed by American air and artillery support, South Vietnamese troops invade Laos during the Vietnam War aiming to disrupt the Ho Chi Minh Trail, used by North Vietnam as a supply and troop route. U.S. ground forces were prohibited by law from entering Laotian territory. After meeting resistance, the South Vietnamese forces retreated in a confused rout, dealing a blow to the idea that they could defend their nation as the U.S. continued to withdraw from the war.


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