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 - Good Times
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1974: The sitcom "Good Times," focusing on a black family living in a poor housing project in inner-city Chicago, debuts. The show, a spin-off of "Maude," which is itself a spin-off of "All in the Family" along with "The Jeffersons," would run for six seasons before ending on Aug. 1, 1979. It broke new ground, becoming the first television show to featured working class black characters living in such impoverished conditions. It also made a star out of Jimmie Walker, whose James "J.J." Evans Jr. character had the catchphrase "Dyno-MITE!," and gave a young Janet Jackson her first taste of acting in its final two seasons.


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