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January 15, 2011 / jmeuropeana

British Museum, basketball, Liebknecht and Luxemburg

On the 15th of January –

The British Museum opens; basketball is invented; Liebknecht and Luxemburg are murdered.

In 1759 the British Museum owas founded. It was prompted by the legacy of Sir Hans Sloane, a notable collector of manuscripts and rarities. Rather than see his collection dispersed after his death, he bequathed it to King George II ‘for the benefit of the nation’. We can only thank him for this initiative that led to one of the truly great museums in the world.
Sir Hans Sloane
British Museum, Great Russell Street, Camden, Greater London

In 1892 James Naismith published the rules of basketball. A few years later they discovered that it would be a good idea to remove the bottom from the basket, allowing the balls to fall through… I have to thank him: I met my wife at a basketball tournament we both played in.

Note the strange way of taking a free throw at 00:18 :
Match de Basket-ball dans les arènes de Lutèce..

In 1919 Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg were murdered by Reichswehr (government) soldiers in the afternath of the Spartacist uprising.

Trotz alledem! (Erschießung von Rosa Luxemburg)


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