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When was the three point shot added to basketball?

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The NBA adopted the 3 point line at the start of the 1979-1980 season, which is of variable distance, ranging from 22 feet (6.7 m) in the corners to 23.75 feet.
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How long is the NBA three point shot?

23 feet 9 inches with a arc of no less than 3 feet on the sidelines.

First three point shot in college basketball?

Ronnie Carr. He played for Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC He made the shot on Nov. 29, 1980