Physical education was stamped into schools as a requirement
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.
The start of physical education
Physical education did not become a formal requirement until after the civil war, when many states put the physical education requirement into law.
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.
Other counties started to rely physical education as well
California followed soon after, in 1866, as the first state to pass a law requiring twice a day exercise in public schools.
First football competition
November 6, 1869
November 6, 1869. The first football tournament held in a collage.
First baseball world series
October 1, 1903
October 1, 1903. The first annual baseball world series ever held.
First soccer world cup
July 13, 1930
July 13, 1930. The start of the first annual soccer world cup.
Over 400 United States colleges and universities were offering physical education to teachers.
By 1950, over 400 United States colleges and universities were offering the physical education major to teachers.
Physical education decreased in many educational institutions
1980 - 1990
In later years, physical fitness programs saw cutbacks during times of recession, and in 1980 and 1990 many programs were dropped from educational institutions.