It was fifty years ago today- October 12, 1968 the opening ceremonies took place for the Games of the XIX Summer Olympiad held in Mexico City. These games would be the first to be held in Latin American and in a Spanish speaking country. This is the third time the summer games has been held in the last quarter of the year- the other times 1956 in Melbourne and the 1964 games in Tokyo. Mexico City was awarded the games 5 years earlier on October 18, 1963 they won over Detroit, Lyon, France and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Can you imagine the potential for disaster had it been awarded to Detroit? They were burning the city down in 1968. The torch relay for the 1968 games recreated the route that Christopher Columbus took to the New World- going from Greece, Italy, Spain to San Salvador Island, Bahamas and then on to Mexico.
video of opening ceremonies below