James Naismith was a Canadian-American sports coach and innovator. He invented the sport of basketball in 1891. He wrote the original basketball rulebook,and lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904 and as an official event at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Naismith also studied medicine inDenver, taking his MD in 1898 before moving to the University of Kansas. He was also a National Guard chaplain with the First Kansas Infantry Regiment.
He taught his soldiers basketball to control their excess energy. His effort helped increase morale and even lowered the rate of disciplinary actions among soldiers.
At Springfield YMCA, Naismith struggled with a rowdy class which was confined to indoor games throughout the harsh New England winter and thus was perpetually short-tempered. Naismith was given 14 days to create an indoor game that would provide an "athletic distraction": was demanded that it would not take up much room, could help its track athletes to keep in shape and explicitly emphasized to "make it fair for all players and not too rough."
Naismith christened a new game "Basket Ball" and put his thoughts together in 13 basic rules.It used a peach basket attached to the wall. Basketball was originally played with a soccer ball. The first game of "Basket Ball" was played inDecember 1891. By 1892, basketball had grown so popular on campus that Dennis Horkenbach (editor-in-chief of The Triangle, the Springfield college newspaper) featured it in an article called "A New Game", and there were calls to call this new game "Naismith Ball", but Naismith refused. By 1893, basketball was introduced internationally by the YMCA movement.
Wishing a hoopster on his birthday on the day of that of Basketball inventor
Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979) 6 ft 10, is an American professional basketball forward. He was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year and won two NBA championships as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
November 6 is also unique due to the fact that three nations adopted constitution on that day. Read on.
1. The Dominican Republic's first Constitution was adopted on November 6, 1844, and was modeled after the United States Constitution. For most of its history (up to independence) the colony was known as Santo Domingo, the name of its present capital, and its patron saint, Saint Dominic. The residents were called "Dominicanos" (Dominicans), which is the adjective form of "Domingo", and the revolutionaries named their newly independent country "La República Dominicana".
2. The Constitution of Tajikistan adopted on 6 November 1994 and amended by referendum on 26 September 1999 and 22 June 2003 is the supreme law of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Tajikistan means the "Land of the Tajiks". The word Tajik was used by medieval Turks to refer to Iranian-speaking peoples. From the 11th century, the term referred to East Iranian people, but by the 15th century came to be applied to Persian speakers. In medieval Persian literature,Tajik appears as a synonym of "Persian".
3. Tartarstan adopted constitution on November 6, 1992. “Tatarstan” derives from the name of the ethnic group—the Tatars—and the Persian suffix -stan (an ending common to many Eurasian countries). Another version of the Russian name is “Тата́рия” (Tatariya), which was official along with “Tatar ASSR” during the Soviet rule.
Gustav Adolfsdagen (Swedish for Gustavus Adolphus Day) is a general flag day, celebrated in Sweden onNovember 6 in memory of king Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (Swedish: Gustav II Adolf).
Gustavus Adolphus Day is celebrated in Sweden, Estonia and Finland. On this day only, a special pastrywith a chocolate or marzipan medallion of the king, is sold. The day is also an official flag day in the Swedish calendar.
In Finland, the day is celebrated as svenska dagen or ruotsalaisuuden päivä, "The Swedish Day", and is a customary flag day.
Even MONOPOLY was monopolized!!!
On this day in 1935 – Parker Brothers acquired the forerunner patents for MONOPOLY from Elizabeth Magie.
SOME INTERESTING POSTS!!!!!
The notoriously shy polymath described hydrogen as inflammable air & weighed the earth, but hardly published papers!!!
Starting as a bicycle mechanic, he became first Irishman to to fly & build plane; also pioneered 4 wheel drive in formula 1 race