On this day in 1890 the very first Tournament of Roses Parade was staged in Pasadena, California. Horse-drawn carriages decorated in flowers made up the parade. 12 years later, in 1902, the very first Rose Bowl collegiate football game was played in Pasadena. Michigan trounced Stanford, 49-0. It would be 14 years before another Rose Bowl game was held.
Is one being held today? The Rose Bowl no longer is always on January 1 and no longer always a battle between Big 10 and Pac 10 teams. If there is a Rose Bowl today it will follow the Tournament of Roses Parade; where all floats in the parade are created using only flowers, fronds, leaves and seeds.
Oh . . . in 1982, the University of Washington Huskies beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 28-0 in the Rose Bowl. It had been 29 years since the last Rose Bowl shutout.