Today, April 6th, marks the 120th anniversary of the first modern Olympic Games, held in Athens, Greece, between 6 and 15 April 1896.

The first Olympiad hosted 250 male athletes from 14 nations who competed in 9 different sports in 43 events. Competition took place in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, where 80,000 spectators were packing the stadium to watch the different events – athletics, gymnastics, weightlifting and wrestling.

Crown prince Constantine opened the Olympic Games.

“Most noteworthy was the Marathon – it had the greatest number of international athletes ever,” commented Google. “Equally noteworthy was its winner, Spiridon ‘Spiro’ Louis, the only Greek champion in the athletics division, and a national hero for the host country. His monumental victory on that historic day continues to inspire Greek pride.”
IOC/Allsport writes: “It was the culmination of a triumph for the Greek hosts that one of their countrymen in running from the village of Marathon along the coast from Athens should achieve victory.”

After Doodle 4 Google in 2013, Google has done it again by celebrating the 120th anniversary of the first modern Olympic Games with “Doodles” designed by Olivia Huynh and they show four different scenes from the event. Each doodle can be seen below and by refreshing the google homepage.
Google Doodles (click each image to enlarge)

Oly-hors Oly-disc
Oly-weig Google doodles


We thank Google for raising the awareness for this important date, as well other historic events.

The Olympic Games are traced all the way back to 776 BC. The Games were dedicated to Olympian God, Zeus. The Olympics took place in the same place in Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece, every four years and so, this period became known as an ‘Olympiad’.

References:
IOC, 1st Olympic Games
IOC multimedia
The Guardian, UK
The Independent, UK