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.
1953: Actress Mary Steenburgen, best known for roles in movies such as "Parenthood," "Back to the Future Part III," "Elf" and "Step Brothers," is born in Newport, Ark. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1981 for the film "Melvin and Howard."
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