The Moron's Daily Briefing

Jan. 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr, was born on the third Monday in January. That will have ample coverage in the American media today. I have therefore chosen to extend the worldliness of this almanac by focusing instead on the enormous contribution to humanity made by a Canadian.

Jimmy Naismith was born in Ramsay township in Ontario, Canada in 1861. He grew up and eventually went to McGill University in Montreal. He became their Athletic Director and in 1891 he moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, to take a post at the YMCA Training School. It was there that he was confronted with the problem of developing a game that could be played indoors and in relatively little space. On January 20, 1892, with only two peach baskets, a soccer ball, and a hand-written list of 13 rules, Dr. Naismith oversaw the world's first full game of a brand new sport, a sport that took its name from the peach baskets and soccer ball used to play it.

He had finally invented peach soccer.

David Lynch turns 57 today. He shares his birthday with Arte Johnson (1934), "Buzz" Aldrin (1930), Patricia Neal (1926), Federico Fellini (1920), DeForest Kelley (1920), and George Burns (1896).

It's Army Day in both Laos and Lesotho, and National Heroes Day in Cape Verde.

2002, The Moron's Almanac™

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