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Billiard History - A Brief Timeline

Billiard History - A Brief Timeline

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Published by: mozzy72 on Feb 06, 2012
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 ==== ====Snooker, Billiards, 8 Ball or just plain old Pool. Whatever your game they are all here & whateveryou need to play. Check it out!!!http://www.abelgame.net ==== ====The term "billiard" comes from the French word "bille," meaning "ball," referring to a ball and stickgame, and the word "art," representing the art of the game. Billiards has been around for manycenturies, originating as lawn games in much of the world over 700 years ago. Presently, it istypical to see a pool table in every bar or tavern you walk into. A number of people even havethem in their homes, but it was not always like that. When billiards originated, it was playedoutdoors as early as the thirteenth century, and from there moved indoors onto tables. Woodensticks called "maces" were used to shove (rather than stroke) the wooden and ivory billiard balls.Maces were eventually modified into cue sticks due to the difficulty of shots near rails with maces. Many prominent, historical figures have owned billiard tables, and in many countries. Some ofthese famous people include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, KingJames I of England, and Kings Louis III, XIV, XV, and XVI of France. It is even recorded that KingLouis XI of France purchased a billiard table as early as 1470. Over time, billiards became morepopular in bars, inns, and taverns, therefore becoming more commonplace amongst ordinarypeople. Below is a brief, historical timeline of how the game of billiards was born. •13th century:o1200s: Bat and ball lawn games are invented and spread quickly•15th century:o1470: King Louis XI of France buys his own billiard tableoEnd 1400's: billiards moved from outside on grass to inside on a table•16th century:o1500s: "Table billiards" popularity spreads amongst nobility in France and England•17th century:o1600s: Billiard play becomes more popular amongst commoners in public placeso1674: "The Complete Gamester," one of the first ever how-to billiard publications, was written byCharles Cotton of England•18th century:o1773: Carambole introduced in Franceo1775: Idea of "One Pocket" developedo1797: Cotton and wool replaced with new fabric to improve smoothness and friction•19th century:o1807: Carombole becomes popular in England, coming to be known as the game of billiardso1820s: The mace becomes virtually obsolete, replaced solely by the cue sticko1823: The perfection of the leather cue tip greatly increases the use of "spin"o1826: John Thurston of England develops the first slate tables, replacing the old wooden oneso1845: New rail cushions developed from vulcanized rubber by Goodyear.o1850s: A billiard "industry" is born, including companies like Sheraton's and Gillow

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