Courtesy of iGoogle's "This Day in History" widget:
On this day in 1895 the wonderful sport of volleyball was invented! It was originally named "Mintonette" and designed to be played by those who did not want to play the rougher sport of basketball, which was created four years earlier.
I dunno. If William Morgan could see the way his game is played now, I don't think he'd consider it much less rough than basketball. Granted we're not constantly slamming into other bodies, but let me tell you, when you have a 6 foot 2 guy hitting a ball toward your face, it's not for the faint of heart. I love it, though. :-)
Photo from here.