This is a timeline about the first annual sports competitions to start.
The 1800's. Physical education was first stamped into the school system in 1820 when gymnastics, hygiene, and care of the human body found its introduction into the curriculum.
In 1855, the practice of physical education was truly born in the United States, beginning with a city school system in Cincinnati, Ohio, which became the first entire schooling system to implement the program.
California followed soon after, in 1866, as the first state to pass a law requiring twice a day exercise in public schools.
November 6, 1869. The first football tournament held in a collage.
October 1, 1903. The first annual baseball world series ever held.
July 13, 1930. The start of the first annual soccer world cup.
By 1950, over 400 United States colleges and universities were offering the physical education major to teachers.
In later years, physical fitness programs saw cutbacks during times of recession, and in 1980 and 1990 many programs were dropped from educational institutions.