Interesting facts:
-Roller skates in the United States around 1905.
-1743: First recorded use of roller skates, in a London stage performance. The inventor of this skate is lost to history.
-1760: First recorded skate invention, by John Joseph Merlin, who demonstrated a primitive inline skate with metal wheels.
-1880s: Roller skates were being mass produced in America from then. This was the sport's first of several boom periods.
-The Sunday Skate Night in Berlin attracts over 10,000 skaters during the summer, and Copenhagen, Munich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo host other popular events. Charity skates in Paris have attracted 50,000 participants (the yearly Paris-Versailles skate).
-Roller hockey is the overarching name for a rollersport that existed long before inline skates were invented.