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First modern Olympic Games April 6, 1896

2014-04-05
he Olympic Games restarted in Athens, 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. At the opening of the Athens Games, King Georgios I ofGreece and a crowd or 60,000 spectators welcomed athletes from13 nations to the international competition.

The first recorded Olympic Games were held at Olympia in the Greek city-state of Elis in 776 BC, but it is generally accepted that the Olympics were at least 500 years old even at that time. •