Atlanta hosted the 100th Olympiad in 1996.
The Olympic flame was lit by firing a flaming arrow at it during the 1992 Olympics opening ceremony in Barcelona.
The official mascot specially designed for the 1984 games, in Los Angeles was Sam the Olympic Eagle. Many eastern bloc countries boycotted the event.
The 1972 Munich olympics were intended to present a new, democratic and optimistic Germany to the world. The Games were marred by the massacre of Israeli athletes.
At the opening ceremony in Rome in 1960, the Olympic team from Formosa, now Taiwan,protested after they were forced to change their name from the Republic of China to Formosa.
The 1948 Olympics were held in London's Wembley stadium and were the first games since the 1936 Berlin Olympics.