Sports History:1750 to 1779

1750 Jack Broughton’s reign as English boxing champion ends after 16 years
1750 Weightlifting appears as an attraction at fairgrounds and circuses
1752 First steeplechase ridden by Edmund Blake and Mr O’Callaghan from the church of Butterant to the spire of St.Leger church in County Cork
1754 Royal and Ancient Golf Club founded at St.Andrew’s,Fife,Scotland
1760 First roller-skate developed by Jean Joseph Merlin of Belgium
1763 First ice-skating race takes place in England from Wisbech to Whittlesea
1764 Honourable Company of Edinburgh Gofers formally constituted
1764 First 18 hole golf course constructed at St.Andrew’s
1766 First show-jumping organised by Captain John Knox at Wallingford, County Down
1768 Probable date of first regatta on the Thames at Walton
1770 The racehorse Eclipse wins his 18th race out of 18 starts, his final win
1770 A shinty game is played between clans in the West and Central Highlands of Scotland
1771 Captain Cook observes surfing on a canoe at Tahiti
1772 Starcross Yacht Club at Powderham Point,Devon holds first regatta
1775 Probable date of first English rowing regatta on the Thames near Putney
1776 Johann Simon is the first teacher of modern gymnastics – at Basedow’s school,Dessau
1776 Frist St.Leger classic horse race run (won by Allabaculia)
1776 First school to introduce Physical Training,the Philanthropium,Dessau
1776 First 3-stump cricket wicket introduced at a match between Coulsdon and Chertsey
1778 The first skating club, the Edinburgh Ice skating Society in existence
1779 Lt.James King records observing surfing on a board at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii
1779 First Oaks horse race run (won by Bridget)

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