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History of Olympic Opening Ceremonies

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1896, Athens

On Friday, the 2012 Summer Olympics will officially kick off with the Opening Ceremonies. Among the rumored participants are Muhammad Ali, David Beckham and Paul McCartney. In honor of this event, here's a brief history of Opening Ceremonies, starting with the first Olympic Games in 1896.
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