1898 in basketball
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- April 23 – The 23rd Street YMCA of New York City wins the first national basketball championship tournament, organized by the U.S. Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
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1. Basketball – Basketball is a non-contact team sport played on a rectangular court by two teams of five players each. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. The game was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket being defended by the opposition team during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line. A team can also score via free throws, which are worth one point, the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time is mandated when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by passing it to a teammate and it is a violation to lift, or drag, ones pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling. The game has many techniques for displaying skill—ball-handling, shooting, passing, dribbling, dunking, shot-blocking. The point guard directs the on court action of the team, implementing the coachs game plan, Basketball is one of the worlds most popular and widely viewed sports. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague, the FIBA Basketball World Cup attracts the top national teams from around the world. Each continent hosts regional competitions for teams, like EuroBasket. The FIBA Womens Basketball World Cup features the top womens basketball teams from continental championships. The main North American league is the WNBA, whereas the EuroLeague Women has been dominated by teams from the Russian Womens Basketball Premier League, in early December 1891, Canadian Dr. He sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied, after rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. Basketball was originally played with a soccer ball and these laces could cause bounce passes and dribbling to be unpredictable. Eventually a lace-free ball construction method was invented, and this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith, dribbling was not part of the original game except for the bounce pass to teammates. Passing the ball was the means of ball movement. Dribbling was eventually introduced but limited by the shape of early balls. Dribbling only became a part of the game around the 1950s
2. 1898 – As of the start of 1898, the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923. January 1 – New York City annexes land from surrounding counties, the city is geographically divided into five boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island. February 15 – Spanish–American War, The USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor, Cuba, for never fully established. The event precipitates the United States declaration of war on Spain two months later, february 23 – Émile Zola is imprisoned in France after writing Jaccuse. March 24 – Robert Allison of Port Carbon, Pennsylvania, becomes the first person to buy an American-built automobile when he buys a Winton automobile that has advertised in Scientific American. March 26 – The Sabie Game Reserve in South Africa is created, April 5 – Annie Oakley promotes the service of women in combat situations with the United States military. In the history of women in the military, there are records of female U. S, April 22 – Spanish–American War, The United States Navy begins a blockade of Cuban ports and the USS Nashville captures a Spanish merchant ship. April 25 – Spanish–American War, The United States declares war on Spain, April 25 – In Essen, German company Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk RWE is founded. April 26 – An explosion in Santa Cruz, California, kills 13 workers at the California Powder Works, may 1 – Spanish–American War – Battle of Manila Bay, Commodore Dewey destroys the Spanish squadron. The first battle of the war, as well as the first battle in the Philippines Campaign, may 2 – Thousands of Chinese scholars and Beijing citizens seeking reforms protest in front of the capital control yuan. May 7 –May 9 – Bava-Beccaris massacre, Hundreds of demonstrators are killed when General Fiorenzo Bava-Beccaris orders troops to fire on a rally in Milan, may 8 – The first games of the Italian Football League are played. May 12 – Bombardment of San Juan, the first major battle of the Puerto Rican Campaign during the Spanish–American War. May 27 – The territory of Kwang-Chou-Wan is leased by China to France, according to the Treaty of 12 April 1892, as the Territoire de Kouang-Tchéou-Wan, forming part of French Indochina. May 28 – Secondo Pia takes the first photographs of the Shroud of Turin, june 1 – The Trans-Mississippi Exposition worlds fair opens in Omaha, Nebraska. June 7 – William Ramsay and Morris Travers discover neon at their laboratory at University College London after extracting it from liquid nitrogen, june 9 – The British government makes a 99 year rent of Hong Kong from China. June 12 – Philippine Declaration of Independence, General Emilio Aguinaldo declares the Philippines independence from Spain, june 13 – Yukon Territory is formed, with Dawson chosen as its capital. June 21 – Spanish–American War, The United States captures Guam making it the first U. S. overseas territory, july 3 Spanish–American War, Battle of Santiago de Cuba – The United States Navy destroys the Spanish Navys Caribbean Squadron. Joshua Slocum completes a 3-year solo circumnavigation of the world, july 4 – En route from New York to Le Havre, the ocean liner SS La Bourgogne collides with another ship and sinks off the coast of Sable Island, with the loss of 549 lives