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Who Invented Roller Skates?

The first pair of roller skates was worn in 1760 by Joseph Merlin, a musical instrument maker who loved to invent things...

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Who Invented Roller Skates The first pair of roller skates was worn in 1760 by Joseph Merlin, a musical instrument maker who loved to invent things. Invited to a costume party, Merlin arrived with his newly-made skates. He put them on and rolled into the ballroom playing a violin. Unfortunately, he hadnít learned how to stop or change directions. He sailed wildly across the floor and crashed into a large mirror. He smashed the mirror, broke his violin, and cut himself severely. But the idea soon caught on, and people have been rolling along on roller skates ever since.

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