Happy Birthday Audrey Hepburn (4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993)
“I was terrified of Bogart, and he knew it”, she would later laugh. He responded kindly, behind a mask of rough joviality.
April 6, 1896: The first modern Olympic Games are held in Athens.
The original Ancient Olympic games had been held in Ancient Greece for over a thousand years, until around 400 A.D., when the Roman Empire put a stop to the practice. In the 1700s, miniature versions of the Games were held throughout Europe, but it was only in the late 19th century that plans for a fully revived, international Olympic Games were laid down. The year and date of the event were decided before the location, and cities like London and other European capitals were suggested before the most fitting choice - Athens (it was unanimously approved).
When the momentous date finally came around, Greece was simultaneously celebrating its own independence day (which falls on this date, according to the Julian calendar), so Crown Prince Constantine (later Constantine I) opened the ceremony with the words:
“I declare the opening of the first international Olympic Games in Athens. Long live the Nation. Long live the Greek people.”
Some of the most recognizable aspects of the Olympic Games were not implemented until later years - the Olympic Torch, for example, along with the athletes’ oath and the Olympic rings, did not come about until the early decades of the 20th century. At this time, the concept of “national teams” were not as large a part of the Games as they are today, so the number of nations that actually competed is still contested. By the 1900 Olympic Games, the number of participating athletes had increased from 241 to nearly a thousand; by 1912, the number had increased tenfold.
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A Pakistani girl holds an umbrella as shelter from the rain while she and her father herd their sheep, near the site of the demolished compound of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Sunday, April 29, 2012.
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