May 5th Roller Derby Day

May 5th Roller Derby Day

This is actually a fairly interesting day, or at least how it got started, which no one seems to know why May 5th was selected but I guess it’s as good a day as any. Roller Derby, or a form of, was created in 1884 when an Endurance Race was started to promote the use of Roller Skates. The races would last for days and in order to win those participating sometimes pushed or shoved others out of their way. The Endurance Race ended in 1885 when Joseph Cohen and William Donovan (The winner) died just after the race. It turned into a Walkathon in 1929 promoted by Leo Seltzer. But that got boring pretty quickly and the pushing and shoving got started again. It soon became Roller Derby as we know it today and first appeared on television (CBS) on November 29th, 1948.

How to celebrate – Learn more about Roller Derby, its kind of interesting. Buy some roller skates.  Join a Roller Derby team.


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