On April 6, 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens
First Modern Olympic Games
On April 6, 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens.
Fourteen nations participated in the first games to take place in a little over 1,500 years, which included 43 competitions in ten disciplines (Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Weightlifting, and Wrestling). The winners won silver medals and the runners-up won copper medals.
One of the cornerstones of the modern-day Olympics was that the location would rotate every for years (prior to these games, it'd been decided that the following events would take place in Paris, though the Exposition Universelle of 1900 was set to occur). Women did not participate in this first edition.