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 - Gee Jon
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Nevada State Library and Archives

1924: Convicted murderer Gee Jon becomes the first person executed in the United States by gas chamber, when he is put to death in Nevada. Gee, a member of the Hip Sing Tong criminal society from San Francisco, was sentenced to death for the murder of an elderly member from another gang in Nevada. An unsuccessful attempt to pump poison gas directly into his cell at Nevada State Prison led to a makeshift gas chamber being set up at the butcher shop of the prison.


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