Duck on a Rock Becomes Basketball

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  • James Naismith is Born

    James Naismith is Born
    On November 6, 1861, James Naismith was born in Canada near Almonte, Ontario. His parents were John Naismith and Margaret Young.
  • James Graduates from McGill University

    James Graduates from McGill University
    He graduated the top ten in his class.
  • James becomes a Presbyterian Minister

  • Basketball is Born

    Basketball is Born
    James. taught many sports at YMCA Training School in the spring, summer and fall. He was asked to come up with a winter sport. He remembered playing duck on a rock as a kid and this is how he came up with the idea of Basketball. The first game of basketbal was played on December 21, 1891 at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. The two baskets were peach baskets.
  • James gets Married

    James gets Married
    James married Maude Sherma. She was on one of the first women's teams. James and Maude had 5 children.
  • James is a P.E. Teacher

    James is a P.E. Teacher
    At the YMCA in Denver, Colorado, James became a Director of Physical Education.
  • James Graduates as a Medical Doctor

    At Gross Medical College in Denver, James gradutes as a medical doctor.
  • James Works at the University of Kansas

    James Works at the University of Kansas
    James is a doctor, minister and a professor at the University of Kansas.
  • James was in World War I

    In World War I, James was a military chaplain and helps American soldiers.
  • James becomes a United States Citizen

    James becomes a United States Citizen
  • James was invited to the Olympic Games.

    James was invited to the Olympic Games.
    This was the first time basketball was an official game in the Olympics. The games took place in Berlin, Germany.
  • James Dies

    James Dies
    James dies from a heart attack. He was 78 years old.