Today in History: 1st Official Basketball Game in 1892

Today in History: 1st Official Basketball Game in 1892

On January 20, 1892, the first official game of basketball was played at a YMCA gymnasium in Albany, New York. The game was created a month earlier by Dr. James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts. Naismith wrote the sport’s original 13 rules to create a game that could be played in YMCA gyms during the cold winter months. Initially, teams were made up of nine players attempting to toss a soccer ball into peach baskets secured to the balconies at the ends of a gymnasium. When a basket was made, the game was paused while a man with a ladder had to retrieve the ball. Following the first public matches in 1892, popularity of the new game spread quickly. The first intercollegiate match was played in 1895 and the first professional league was founded in 1898. Nets did not replace the sport’s original peach baskets until 1905.

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Today in History: Last German VW Beetle produced in 1978

Today in History: Last German VW Beetle produced in 1978

The end of the German production of the Beetle: On January 19, 1978 the last model of the legendary car rolls off the assembly lines at the Volkswagen plant in Emden, Germany. Here is a link to a short blog about the VW Beetle: http://wp.me/p6cafs-N

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Today in History: First escalator installed in NY in 1893

Today in History: First escalator installed in NY in 1893

127 years ago today, Jesse W. Reno installed the first working escalator (called the “inclined elevator”) at the Old Iron Pier at Coney Island in New York City.

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Today is National Hat Day

Today is National Hat Day

Hang on to your hats and celebrate in style on January 15. Some trivia? Hats may be worn for safety and protection, religious reasons, ceremonial reasons, warmth or fashion. In the Middle Ages, hats were an indicator of social status. In the military, hats may denote one’s nationality, branch of service, rank and/or regiment. Structured hats for women began to be worn in the late 16th century. Millinery is the designing and manufacture of hats. The term “milliner” derived from the city of Milan, Italy. The best quality hats were made in Milan in the 18th century.
Millinery began as traditionally a woman’s occupation, as the milliner not only created hats and bonnets but also chose lace, trim and accessories to complete an outfit. In the middle of the 1920s, to replace the bonnets and wide-brimmed hats, women began to wear smaller hats that hugged their heads.

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Today in History: Ikko Tanaka born in 1930

Today in History: Ikko Tanaka born in 1930

90 years ago today, graphic designer Ikko Tanaka was born in Nara, Japan. Tanaka was known for merging principles of clean, modern design with Japanese traditionalism. He studied art in Kyoto and worked as a textile and graphic designer before establishing his own studio in 1963. By the 1970s, Tanaka had become a leading commercial artist. He was also the editor of a series of books on Japanese culture. His most famous work is perhaps the 1981 poster design of an abstract version of a Geisha for the Nihon Buyo performance by the Asian Performing Arts Institute. He died in 2002 of a heart attack at the age of 71.

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History Today: Steve Jobs debuts iPhone in 2007

History Today: Steve Jobs debuts iPhone in 2007

13 years ago today, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone – a touchscreen mobile phone with an iPod, camera and Web-browsing capabilities,  – at the Macworld convention in San Francisco.

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Today in History: Henri Matisse born in 1869

Today in History: Henri Matisse born in 1869

150 years ago today, French painter and sculptor Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse was born.

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