On this day: February 8

Published: Feb 08 2013 12:06:33 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 08 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

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 - Mary Queen of Scots
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1587: After more than 18 years in custody, Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.

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