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vintage everyday: 10 Fascinating Photographs from World War II ~ Because of the ongoing war, the Olympic Games of 1940 and 1944, slated for Tokyo and London, could not be held. However, several POW camps in Poland went ahead with their own Olympics, both in 1940 and 1944. While many of the events were held in secret, the 1944 Woldenberg Olympics, held at the camp in Woldenberg, and another held at the camp in Gross Born (both in Poland), were held on a much larger scale.

London 1908: Our FIRST Olympics (and guess what, they even made a small profit)

Olympics were held in London 1908. The women's archery competition was won by Britain's Sybil 'Queenie' Newall

John Baxter Taylor, a track and field athlete, became the first African-American to win a gold medal during the 1908 Olympic games held in London. (Courtesy Photo/Wikimedia)

After securing his world famous double Gold at the #Montreal #Olympics in 1976, Finnish runner Lasse Viren held his Onitsuka Tiger shoes aloft for the world to see.

On September 5, 1972 a day before the Olympic Games were to begin, eight Palestinian terrorists entered the Olympic Village and seized eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team. Two of the hostages were able to wound two of their captors before they were killed. The terrorists requested the release of 234 Palestinians that were being held in Israel.