Chronology of Sports

A Brief History of Sports

Here is a timeline of some of the significant events in the world of sports up until the 20th century.

YearEvent
5000-300 B.CThe Chinese played a soccer type game named “Tsu Chu”
776 BCthe first recorded ancient Olympic Games was held at Athens.
~100The sport of sumo was developed around this time
~1200Versions of football (soccer) were being played in various regions of Europe
1490Leonardo da Vinci designed the world’s first bicycle
1500sGolf originated from a game played on the coast of Scotland.
~1550Early forms of tennis were being played in various regions of Europe
1600sThe first mention of the game of cricket.
~1750Cricket increases in popularity throughout England. The rules are codified and formal cricket clubs are established in London.
1834The first modern Lacrosse games were played, though the original game was played by North American Indians.
1845Alexander Cartwright wrote the first comprehensive set of rules for baseball
The rules of rugby were formalized in England
1839The Grand National horse race was first run
1848The Cambridge Rules, the first codefication of the rules of soccer, were created at Cambridge University, England.
1851The first America’s Cup yacht race was held
1855The first modern game of ice hockey was played, in Kingston, Ontario
1858The first match of Australian Rules Football was played
1860The first ever British Open golf tournament for men was held
1861the first Melbourne Cup horse race was run
1863The Football Association was is founded in London, England
1873John Trudgen introduces a swimming stroke to swimmers in England, the precursor to the modern front crawl technique.
1874The first American football game was played between McGill University and Harvard.
1875The Kentucky Derby was held for the first time.
1876Baseball’s National League in the US started
1877The first Wimbledon tennis event was held
The first Test match was played, between Australia and England.
1881The first year that the men’s US National Tennis Championships was held (the precursor to the US Open)
FIG, the international governing body of gymnastics, is founded in Paris.
1882Shihan Kano of Japan developed the sport of judo.
1887The first year that the women’s US National Tennis Championships was held (the precursor to the US Open)
The game of softball is invented by George Hancock in Chicago, Illinois.
1891James Naismith invented the sport of basketball in Springfield, Massachussets.
1895Volleyball was invented at the same US university as basketball, the new sport was called ‘Mintonette’.
1895The first ever US golf open was held
Physical education instructor William Morgan invented volleyball in Springfield, Massachussets.
1897the first Boston marathon was run.
The world’s first bobsled run is constructed at St. Moritz, Switzerland.
1896the first Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece.

Timeline of Sporting Firsts

Here is a timeline of some of the firsts in the world of sports. See also the timeline of sports history.

YearEvent
776 BCThe first Olympic Games is held at Athens.
1829The first Oxford-Cambridge rowing race was held on the Thames River, London
1839The Grand National horse race was first run
1846The first recorded game of organized baseball was played at Elysian Fields, New Jersey.
1851The first America’s Cup yacht race was held
1855The first modern game of ice hockey was played in Kingston, Ontario
1858The first match of Australian Rules Football was played
1860The first ever British Open golf tournament for men was held
1861the first Melbourne Cup horse race was run
1874The first American football game was played between McGill University and Harvard.
1875The Kentucky Derby was held for the first time.
The first organized ice hockey game is played in Montreal, ON, Canada.
1876Baseball’s National League in the US started
1877The first Wimbledon tennis event was held
The first Test match was played, between Australia and England.
1881The first year that the men’s US National Tennis Championships was held (the precursor to the US Open)
1887The first year that the women’s US National Tennis Championships was held (the precursor to the US Open)
1895The first ever US golf open was held
1897the first Boston marathon was run.
1896the first Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece.
1903The Tour de France was held for the first time
The Baseball World Series was played for the first time
1905the first year that the Australian Open Tennis Championship was held
1916the USPGA was held for the first time
1920The first game of the National Football League (NFL)
1922the first year that a women’s event was held at the Australian Open tennis
1925the first year that the French Tennis tournament that was open to all amateur players
1934The first ever US Golf Masters was held.
1967the first year that the Super Bowl was held.

World Sports Timeline

Find the timeline of some significant events in the world of sport. There are many more things that happen each year related to sport, but here I am trying to list just those significant events for ‘world’ sports with Top end sports