On April 6, 1896, the Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
Who started the modern Olympic Games and in which year?
Few people were ready to accept his idea. But in 1894 Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and began planning the first modern Olympiad. The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece — a fitting place to rekindle the spirit of the early Greek Games.
Who was the first Olympic champion?
On 6 April 1896, the American James Connolly won the triple jump to become the first Olympic champion in more than 1,500 years.