After more than 15-hundred years the Olympic Games resumed in Greece on this date in 1896. 60-thousand spectators were on hand as 13 nations sent athletes to compete in Athens in what is now considered the modern Olympics.
Compared to the incredible two-week events we’re familiar with, there were only 280 athletes who competed in 43 events including track-and-field, swimming, gymnastics, cycling, wrestling, weightlifting, fencing, shooting, and tennis. All of the athletes were men. There were even a few tourists who happened to be in Greece at the time and were allowed to sign up to compete.