Olympic Games Timeline

  • First Olympic Games

    First Olympic Games
    The first recorded Olympic Games were held at Olympia in the Greek city-state of Elis in 776 B.C., but it is generally accepted that the Olympics were at least 500 years old at that time. The ancient Olympics, held every four years, occurred during a religious festival honoring the Greek god Zeus.
  • olympic games in Paris

    olympic games in Paris
    Paris hosted the second Games. The Games were held as part of the 1900 World's Fair. In total, 997 competitors took part in 19 different sports. This number relies on certain assumptions about which events were and were not "Olympic".
  • April 27-October 31, 1908: London olympics

    April 27-October 31, 1908: London olympics
    Relocated to London with little notice after Rome is forced to cancel, following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the 1908 Olympics marks the longest Games in history. Twenty-two nations compete in events over a six-month period. For the first time, swimming and diving competitions are held in a pool. The Games also see the introduction of field hockey, indoor tennis, and motorboating.
  • the first cancelled olympics

    the first cancelled olympics
    The 1916 Summer Olympics (German: Olympische Sommerspiele 1916), officially known as the Games of the VI Olympiad, were scheduled to be held in Berlin, German Empire, but were eventually cancelled for the first time in its 20-year history due to the outbreak of World War I.
  • April 20-September 12, 1920: Antwerp

    April 20-September 12, 1920: Antwerp
    Following the devastation from World War I, Antwerp, Belgium is awarded the Games, and Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey are not invited. The newly-formed Soviet Union does not attend. With some 2,600 athletes (about 60 of whom are women) from 29 countries competing in 156 events, the five-ring Olympic flag debuts during the Opening Ceremony.
  • August 1-16, 1936: Berlin

    August 1-16, 1936: Berlin
    With the Nazi Party in power since 1933, controversy swirls around the 1936 summer Games held in Berlin, with Adolf Hiltler providing the official opening. Although several countries, including the United States, threaten to boycott the Games, none officially do so, although many Jewish athletes choose to boycott as individuals. During the Games, anti-Jewish signs are temporarily removed as the Nazi regime wages. also the first on tv.
  • 1940: Tokyo summer

    1940: Tokyo summer
    Set to take place in Tokyo, a first for a non-Western country, Japan's award to host the Games is forfeited with its invasion of China and the Sino-Japanese War. Helsinki, Finland is ready to step in, but with Germany's 1939 invasion of Poland and the onset of World War II, the 1940 Olympic Games are canceled.
  • July 29-August 14, 1948: London

    July 29-August 14, 1948: London
    The Olympics return after a 12-year hiatus, with London hosting teams from 59 countries. Most events are held at a converted Wembley Stadium, as the city, still in post-war recovery, has little time or funding to construct new facilities. Japan and Germany are not invited because of their roles in the war, and the Soviet Union chooses not to attend. Olympic
  • August 25-September 11, 1960: Rome

    August 25-September 11, 1960: Rome
    Rome hosts its first modern Olympic Games with events taking place in historical locations, including the Caracalla Baths and Basilica of Maxentius. Televised in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan, the first Olympic Anthem debuts and approximately 5,300 athletes (611 women) compete for 83 countries. Ethiopia's Abebe Bikilaran becomes the first Black African gold medal winner when he wins the marathon—running it barefoot.
  • August 26-September 10, 1972: Munich

    August 26-September 10, 1972: Munich
    by a September 5 terrorist attack that saw eight Palestinian members of the group Black September storm the Olympic Village, killing two members of the Israeli team and taking nine others hostage. The massacre ends with all nine Israeli hostages, five terrorists and one policeman dead. Officials suspend the Games for 34 hours before continuing.
  • July 19-August 3, 1980: Moscow

    July 19-August 3, 1980: Moscow
    Nearly 70 countries boycott the 1980 Olympics, held in Moscow, in a protest led by the United States and President Jimmy Carter against.
  • 1984 olympics winter

    1984 olympics winter
    The United States won the most gold and overall medals.
  • 1992 olympics summer

    1992 olympics summer
    1992 Olympics summer, was the year that Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
  • 1996 summer Olympics

    1996 summer Olympics
    The Centennial Olympic Park bombing was a domestic terrorist pipe bombing attack on Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 27, 1996, during the Summer Olympics. The blast directly killed one person and injured 111 others; another person later died of a heart attack.
  • 2000 summer olympics

    2000 summer olympics
    2000 summer olympics was the first olympics in the 2000 first century.
  • 2004 winter Olympics

    2004 winter Olympics
    Salt Lake City, Utah, United States was the host.
  • 2008 winter olympics

    2008 winter olympics
    they were held in china the US had (112) total metals.
  • 2012 summer olympics

    2012 summer olympics
    London, Great Britain was the host.
  • 2016 summer Olympics

    2016 summer Olympics
    Host of the Olympics country Brazil.
  • 2022 winter olympics

    2022 winter olympics
    Well there still going on right know.