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Posted on Friday 27th April

With less than 100 days to go, the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games is well underway.

London first hosted the Olympics in 1908, opening on 27 April 1908. The Games that year were originally planned to be held in Naples, but London stepped forward to host following the shock eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This was the year which began the tradition of countries bidding to host the games, with London winning over both Berlin and Milan.

The funding for the 1908 games came largely from donations and many of the staff were volunteers.

British Pathé have a collection of images from the 1908 Games.

Further Reading

A Guide to the Olympic Games and London 2012

Only £9.99

A Guide to the Olympic Games and London 2012

(Paperback - 160 pages)
by Maurice Crow

The Greatest show on earth has arrived. The year 2012 sees the Olympic Games coming to the UK for the third time in their history. They have been seven years in the making and it will be many years before their sporting and cultural inheritance fades.

This book celebrates Britain’s achievement in winning the XXX Olympiad by presenting a concise but thorough chronicle of the Games from Ancient Greece to London 2012.… Read more...


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