Memorable Olympic opening ceremonies
All the Summer Olympics opening ceremonies
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The opening ceremony of a Summer Olympic Games raises the curtain on the biggest and most eagerly awaited competition in world sports. The tradition of an inaugural event to mark the commencement of the Games goes back to 1896 and Athens, when the first official opening ceremony took place amid modest fanfare and applause. The ceremonies have evolved to become exciting and dramatic artistic extravaganzas, and provide an opportunity for the host nation to showcase their history and culture in dazzling, inspiring, and breathtaking fashion. With the 2020 Summer Olympics opening ceremony scheduled to take place on July 23, 2021, all eyes are on Japan and what kind of opener Tokyo has planned.
Click through and be reminded of every Summer Games opening ceremony to take place since the end of the 19th-century.
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