Basketball was invented in 1891 by this guy, James Naismith:
James was Canadian, which means that one of America’s favourite sports was invented by a country that was… not America. Naismith published the very first rulebook for basketball in January 15 1892. The rules were somewhat different – there was no dribbling, dunking or three-pointers. Also, they used a soccer ball, presumably because basketballs hadn’t been invented yet.