Opening ceremonies were on 6 April 1896; closing ceremonies were on 15 April 1896.
The walked last in 2004.
Olympic Games ceremonies of the Ancient Olympic Games were an integral part of these Games; the modern Olympic games have opening, closing and medal ceremonies. Some of the elements of the modern ceremonies harken back to the Ancient Games from which the Modern Olympics draw their ancestry. An example of this is the prominence of Greece in both the opening and closing ceremonies. During the 2004 Games, the medal winners received a crown of olive branches, which was a direct reference to the Ancient Games, in which the victor's prize was an olive wreath. The various elements of the ceremonies are mandated by the Olympic Charter and cannot be changed by the host nation. Even the artistic portion of the opening and closing ceremonies must meet the approval of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).The ceremonies have evolved over the centuries. Ancient Games incorporated ceremonies to mark the beginning and ending of each successive game. There are both similarities and differences between the ancient Olympic ceremonies and their modern counterparts. While the presentation of the Games has evolved with improvements in technology and the desire of the host nations to showcase their own artistic expression, the basic events of each ceremony have remained unchanged. The presentation of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies continue to increase in scope, scale and expense with each successive celebration of the Games, but they are still steeped in tradition.
1936 in Berlin by Nazi Germany!
The first opening ceremony for the Modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece on April 6, 1896.
In the ancient Greek religion, the white dove was sacred to Aphrodite, also known as Venus, Goddess of Love. The ancient Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece, from 776 BC until 393 AD, when Christian Emperor Theodosius I banned the Olympic Games as pagan. At the conclusion of the Olympic Games, held every four years, homing pigeons were sent to the villages to announce the winners to the villages, where the heroes were welcome with olive branches and celebrations.When the Olympic Games of the modern era were reinstated to the world, more than 1,500 years later, in 1896 in their birthplace, Athens, the Greeks also reintroduced homing pigeons at the closing of the ceremonies as they did in ancient times. In the 1920 Olympic Games held in Antwerp, Belgium, they introduced and released hundreds of white homing pigeons in the opening ceremonies. In the 1936 Olympics held Berlin, Germany, they released 20,000 white homing pigeons in the opening ceremonies. White homing pigeons have become an integral part of the Olympic Ceremonies and protocol
Fencing has been a part of the Modern Olympics since the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896.
The second Olympic Games of the modern era took place in 1900 in Paris, France. No closing or opening ceremonies were held. 975 men and 22 women competed in 85 events in 19 sports.
The men's triple jump was introduced at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. In fact the first gold medal of the modern games was awarded for the triple jump on the 6th April 1896.