Sherman begins his march to the sea, FDR lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial, and Elvis Presley makes his movie debut, all on this day.
1859: The first modern revival of the Olympic Games takes place in Athens, Greece. The games, the brainchild of Greek businessman Evangelos Zappas, saw athletes compete in a variety of events, including running, discus, javelin throwing, wrestling, jumping and pole climbing. The "Zappas Olympics" would be held again in 1870 and 1875, helping inspire the 1896 Summer Olympics, the first to come under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee and officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad. Pictured is a ticket from the 1859 Zappas Olympics.
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