The History of Roller Skating

I always enjoyed roller skating, but I gave it up for good about four years ago (to the relief of my embarrassed children). I had borrowed my oldest daughter's skates, which were built for stunts and have no brakes. That won't happen again. I just found out that roller skating goes back about 300 years:
...the devices never really took off until London inventor Joseph Merlin created a more refined version that comprised of boots with metal wheels on them. He used them to crash a party in a grand display by skating into the crowd while playing the violin. He almost immediately crashed into a wall-length mirror, which brought him even more attention…although likely not what he was looking for.

Not to mention seven years bad luck! Read the events that make up the history of roller skating at Rue the Day. Link

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