- John Merlin from Huys, Belgium was the first recorded person to invent a roller skate, doing so in the 1760s in London, England.
- The First official U.S. Amateur Speed Skating Championship races was held April 2-4, 1937 at the Arena Gardens rink in Detroit, Michigan.
- The First Figures Championship was held at the Arena Gardens rink in Detroit, Michigan, in 1939. (The First Dance Championship was held at the Mineola Rink, Mineola, NY, in 1939)
- In May 1949, the Arena Gardens held a three day Michigan Championship with 1328 participants, which was a 20% increase from the previous year.
Roller skaters were included in the 1978 Sports Act and have participated in the Pan Am Games since 1979.
Transcontinental Roller Derby was formed by Leo A. Seltzer in 1935.