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Basketball War

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Basketball War

Postby gao_yixing on 04 Aug 2006 04:12

I happened to know that there was a short war named Basketball War between Latvia and Lithuania in 1939, but the information about it is really rare.
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Postby AAA on 08 Aug 2006 20:43

short war named Basketball War between Latvia and Lithuania in 1939


Is that meant a joke?
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Postby gao_yixing on 09 Aug 2006 07:22

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Postby Reigo on 09 Aug 2006 15:32

I doubt that any shots were actually fired. Probably some kind of disagreement simply.
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Postby AAA on 10 Aug 2006 13:45

I see. This is the danger of wikpedia (unsourced internet) and badly applied figurative language, apparently repeated by the FIFA (football) website. "Basketball War" in this case is entirely hyperbole.

There was no war between Latvia and Lithuania. There was not so much as a border incident.

What did happen : The 1939 Eurobasket (3rd European basketball championship) in Kaunas was won by Lithuania over Latvia 37-36 on the last basket. That shot occurred after time had run out, but the referee had not blown the whistle and counted the shot (accounts differ of course). Latvia protests but Lithuania is declared the winner. Conspiracy theories and acrimonious accusations.are made, it seems some regular sports events got cancelled that year.

Never heard it called "Basketball War" before. You are not confusing it with the actual so called "Football War" between Hondura and El Salvador in 1969?
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Postby gao_yixing on 11 Aug 2006 02:13

Thanks!

Now I know why I can't find anything about this "war".
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