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 - NFL Draft
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University of Chicago

1936: The first National Football League draft is held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia. Teams chose from a pool of 90 players whose names were written on a blackboard in the meeting room, with University of Chicago halfback and first Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger the first to be selected. Berwanger was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, but was traded to the Chicago Bears. Berwanger never signed with the Bears and never played in the NFL. His decision to not play in the NFL was not unusual, as only 24 of the 81 players selected chose to play in the NFL that year.


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