The German airship Hindenburg flies over the Olympic Stadium, outside Berlin, on August 1, 1936, during the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games.
Athletes from 28 nations listen to the speech of Karl Ritter von Halt (C), president of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Olympic organizing committee on February 6, 1936 during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games.
Lined up in front of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on Sept. 11, 1940, these men form a division of the German air raid safety service. Due to ongoing conflict of World War II, the 1940 Olympic Games were cancelled.
An flag is carried into an Olympic stadium in Lausanne in 1944. Like in 1940, the 1944 Games were cancelled due to World War II.
British rowing champion John Mark holds the olympic torch in Wembley Stadium for the opening ceremony of the summer Olympic Games on July 29, 1948 in London. After the cancellation of the 1944 Olympic Games, which London was to host, the city was awarded the 1948 games.
The American Winter Olympics team march through St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Jan. 30, 1948, on their way to the Ice Stadium for the opening ceremony Winter Olympic Games.
Thousands of carrier pigeons flying over the Olympic stadium in Helsinki on July 19, 1952 to mark the start of the Summer XV Olympiad. They were released during the opening ceremony to convey the news of the Games to other countries.
The Olympic torch is held aloft by Norwegian skier Egil Nansen, grandson of a famed Norwegian polar explorer, during ceremonies formally opening the Olympic Winter Games, Feb. 15, 1952 in Oslo, Norway.
An athlete holds the olympic torch in Melbourne’ stadium for the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games on November 22, 1956 in Melbourne, Australia.
Spectators entering the ice stadium before the opening ceremony of the seventh Winter Olympic Games, in Cortina, Italy, on Jan. 26, 1956.
A partial view of the main Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games on August 25, 1960 in Rome, Italy.
Athletes, officials and fans from all over the world watch as the Olympic flame is lit at the Opening Ceremony of the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California.
A general view of the stadium of the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo on October 10, 1964 with the national delegations parading during the opening ceremony.
The Olympic Flame is lit during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, Feb. 1, 1964.
Smoke rings in the sky, formed by the exhaust of Airplanes, symbolize the 1968 Olympics, which opened with the winter games, Feb. 6, 1968, Grenoble, France.
Mexican athlete Enriqueta Basilio de Sotelo, first woman in Olympics history to light the Olympic Cauldron, is seen during the opening ceremony of the 1968 Summer Olympic Games on October 12, 1968 in Mexico.
Pictured here is a view of the opening ceremonies of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, Aug. 26, 1972.
Skaters dance on ice during the opening ceremony of the 1972 Winter Olympic games in Sapporo in January 1972.
Canadian girl dancers join hands and form the five Olympic rings during the gymnastic ballet presentation which was part of the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games at the Montreal Olympic Stadium, July 17, 1976.
The opening ceremonies of the 1976 Winter Olympic games, Feb. 4, 1976, Innsbruck, Austria.
The opening ceremonies at the Olympic Stadium of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Russia.
Lake Placid, New York has twice been host to the Winter Olympics, first in 1932 and then in 1980. The 1980 Opening Ceremony, pictured here, took place at Lake Placid Equestrian Stadium.
General view of the stadium during the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympic Games on July 28, 1984 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.
Yugoslav Olympic dancers line up to form words of greeting during a rehearsal for the Winter Olympic opening ceremony in Feb 1984, in Sarajevo.
A stunt man with a parachute attempts to land in the Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea on Sept. 17, 1988.
Colourful balloons are released during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics at the Mcmahon Stadium in Calgary, Canada, on Feb. 13, 1988.
A general view of the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games at Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic on July 25, 1992.
The Olympic flag flies over the Olympic stadium in Albertville, France on Feb. 8, 1992 during the finale of the opening ceremonies for the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway on Feb. 12, 1994.
Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia was the site for the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Summer Olympics. The stadium was renamed Turner Field in 1997 and is now used by Georgia State University.
Doves fly past spectators at the conclusion of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Homebush Bay, Sydney, Australia on Sept. 15, 2000.
The Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah took place at Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium. The stadium is part of the University of Utah.
The Tunisian delegation waves to the crowd during the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games on August 13, 2004 at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.
Festivities during the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics at the Stadio Olimpico in Torino, Italy on Feb. 10, 2006.
Fireworks explode after the Olympic torch is lit during the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games at National Stadium on Aug. 8, 2008 in Beijing, China.
A snowboarder flies through the center ring of the Olympic Rings, triggering an explosion of snow and ice off the rings at BC Place during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on February 12, 2010.
General view of fireworks and the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London.
A general view of performers during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium on Feb. 7, 2014.
Fireworks explode as the games are declared open by acting president of Brazil, Michael Temer during the opening ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Maracana on Aug. 5, 2016.
View of the all for the future segment in the opening ceremony during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Feb. 9, 2018.