Thought for Today:
I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball goals in some out of the way place.--James Naismith
Today's Highlight in History:
1885: Wilson Bentley took the first photograph of a snowflake on January 15th. Bentley first became interested in snow crystals as a teenager on his family farm. He tried to draw what he saw through an old microscope given to him by his mother when he was fifteen. The snowflakes were too complex to record before they melted so he attached a bellows camera to a compound microscope. He would capture over 5000 images of crystals in his lifetime. Each crystal was caught on a blackboard and transferred rapidly to a microscope slide.
1892：American athletic director James Naismith published the rules for basketball on January 15th. At the YMCA Training School in Mass. (1890–95), he was asked to devise a new indoor winter sport. His version of basketball called for nine players (later reduced to five) per team and the use of peach baskets (later netted hoops) as goals.Twelve of the thirteen rules Naismith created are still basic to the game.
2001: Wikipedia went online on January 15th. Wikipedia (a combination of the word wiki and encyclopedia) is an on-line "copyleft" encyclopedia that is constantly evolving and can be edited by anyone. Hosted and supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, this open source resource is collaboratively created and maintained by thousands of users worldwide. Any article contributed to Wikipedia becomes free content that may be used, edited, copied and redistributed by users.On September 20, 2004, Wikipedia reached the milestone of including one million articles in 105 different languages.