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2028, 34th Olympics Los Angeles

2024, 33rd Olympics Paris

2020, 32nd Olympics Tokyo, Postponed, originally until 2021, now possibly cancelled altogether, due to Covid19.

2016,.31st Olympics Rio de Janeiro,

27/7/2012, The 30th Summer 2012 Olympics began in London; they finished on 12/8/2012.

2/10/2009, The 2016 31st Olympics were awarded to Rio de Janeiro.

2008, 29th Summer Olympics in Beijing.

5/6/2007, Russia was chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, at Sochi.

6/7/2005, The International Olympic Committee awarded the 2012 Summer Games to London. Other cities in the finals were Paris and Madrid.

13/8/2004, The 28th Summer Olympics opened in Athens. They closed on 29/8/2004.

1/10/2000, The Olympic Games in Sydney closed.

15/9/2000, The 27th 2000 Summer Olympics opened in Sydney, Australia.

19/7/1996, Muhammad Ali lit the flame to open the 26th Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

31/7/1992. The 25th Olympic Games were held in Barcelona. Black market tickets to the Olympics had been selling for $1,500.

17/9/1988. The 24th Olympic Games opened in Seoul. Tennis became an Olympic sport again, after a break of 64 years.

28/7/1984. The 23rd Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles.

19/7/1980, The 22nd Olympic Games opened in Moscow.

21/3/1980, The US announced it would boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. On 24/3/1980 the Australian Olympic Commission announced it would send a team to Moscow, despite objections by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser.

18/7/1976. The 21st Olympic Games opened in Montreal.

26/8/1972. The 20th Olympic Games at Munich opened.

12/10/1968. The 19th Olympic Games opened in Mexico City.

10/10/1964. The 18th Olympic Games opened in Tokyo.

18/9/1960, The first Paralympic Games as such were held, in Rome.

25/8/1960. The 17th Olympic Games opened in Rome.

22/11/1956. The 16th Olympic Games opened in Melbourne.

1952, The first Paralympic Games were held. They were organised by neurologist Dr Ludwig Guttmann (1899 – 1980) as a competition involving World War Two veterans with spinal injuries. The aim was not just physical rehabilitation but the restoration of confidence and self-respect. They were oroiginally known as the Stoke Mandeville Games, launched at the 1948 London Summer Olympics. The term ‘para’ now refers to the games run ‘alongside’ the Olympic Games.

19/7/1952, The 15th Olympic Games opened in Helsinki, Finland.

14/8/1948, The London Olympics closed.

29/7/1948. The first post-war Olympic Games, the 14th, opened in London. Opened by King George V at Wembley Stadium, these were the first Games since those in Berlin in 1936. The atmosphere was one of post-war austerity and reconstruction, and Japan, the USSR, and Germany were not present. The USA won 38 gold medals.  The UK came 12th.

1944, The 13th Olympic Games were to have been held in London, but were cancelled due to the War. Instead, London hosted the 1948 Games.

21/9/1940, The day scheduled for the opening of the 12th Olympic Games in Tokyo. However they were cancelled due to the War.

2/9/1937, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, reviver of the modern Olympics in 1896, died.

1/8/1936. Adolf Hitler opened the 11th Olympic Games in Berlin.  The Olympic flame was carried to the venue from Greece for the first time. 

30/7/1932, The 10th Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles. Handball was first included.

28/7/1928, The 9th Olympic Games opened in Amsterdam.

5/7/1924, The 8th Olympic games opened in Paris. Bobsleighing was first included in the Olympic Games.

4/2/1924, Close of the 1st Winter Olympic Games at Chamonix, France.

25/1/1924. The first Winter Olympics were held, at Chamonix, France. Novel events included bobsleighing, fencing (for women).

14/8/1920, The 7th Olympic Games opened in Antwerp. Ice hockey became an Olympic sport.

6/7/1912, The 5th Olympic Games opened in Stockholm. The decathlon amd dressage became Olympic eventd.

13/7/1908, The 4th Olympic games opened at the newly-built White City stadium in west London. The Games were originally scheduled for Rome, but Italy was facing financial issues, including costs arising from a 1906 eruption of Mount Vesuvius (7/4/1906).  The Finnish team made a political point by refusing to carry the Russian flag; the Olympic Committee refused to allow them to carry their own flag, so they marched flagless. Also some athletes with Irish Republican sympathies refused to compete in the British team. Javelin-throwing, rowing, and men’s hockey became Olympic sports.

1/7/1904, The third Olympic Games opened in St Louis, USA. Boxing, Diving, became Olympic sports for the first time.

14/5/1900. Second Olympic Games began in Paris. Women were now allowed to compete. The Games caused further controversy by holding events on a Sunday, leading to pressure on some US athletes who, as representatives of their colleges, were expected to withdraw rather than compete on the Sabbath.

6/4/1896, The modern Olympic Games, revived by Pierre de Coubertin, were opened at Athens. Sports included fencing (men only), swimming, and the tug of war.

The original Olympic Games were first recorded in 776 BC although they had already been played for centuries by then; they were played every four years in honour of the God Zeus.  They were abolished by the Christian Roman Emperor Theodosius, to discourage paganism, in AD 394

25/11/1892, Pierre de Coubertin proposed the revival of the Olympic Games. See also Greece.

1/1/1863, Pierre de Coubertin, responsible for the modern revival of the Olympic Games in 1896, was born.


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