Over 50 years ago, Tokyo hosted its first modern Olympics. It looked very different from the games today!
Posted on July 29, 2021, at 4:12 p.m. ET
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Balloons float over the stadium at the opening of the Summer Olympics.
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Torches that had been carried by runners on different routes around Japan are joined into one at a pre-Olympics ceremony outside the Imperial Palace.
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Local practice at the Komazawa National Stadium prior to the opening of the Olympic Games.
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Japanese Olympic torch runner Yoshinori Sakai from Hiroshima raises his arm after lighting the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony.
The German team marches onto the field during the opening ceremony.
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Aerial view of the Meiji shrine and Olympics site in Tokyo.
One of Japan's top runners, Saburo Komizo of Chuo University, works out with a remote-controlled running pacer in Tokyo's national stadium.
Start of the 10,000-meter run at the 1964 Olympics.
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Ginko Abukawa-Chiba of Japan performs her floor exercise during the women's artistic team all-around gymnastic competition.
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Two Italian cyclists talk to some Ethiopian athletes.
Gold medalist Henry Carr of the United States salutes the crowd with silver medallist Paul Drayton (left) and third-place bronze medallist Edwin Roberts of Trinidad and Tobago after winning the men's 200-meter competition.
Alfred Kornprobst of the Unified Team of Germany competes in the men's lightweight weightlifting competition.
Gold medalist Peter Snell (center) of New Zealand celebrates with silver medalist Josef Odlozil (left) of Czechoslovakia and bronze medal–winning compatriot John Davies on the podium for the final of the men's 1500-meter race.
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American runner Bob Hayes practices starts with New Zealand's Doreen Porter.
Japanese runner Yoshinori Sakai from Hiroshima carries the Olympic torch during an opening ceremony rehearsal.
Photo of the Olympic torch before the commencement of the Olympic Games.
Kenneth Sitzberger of the United States competes in the men's 3-meter springboard diving competition.
Laszlo Felkai of Hungary puts the ball past goalkeeper Bruno de Hesselle of the Netherlands during their men's water polo tournament Group B match.
The start of the men's individual cycle road race.
Henri Chaumartin of Switzerland performs in the team dressage finals with teammate Gustav Fischer, who placed second.
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The Yoyogi National Stadium Olympic Village, where the athletes would live for the duration of the Games.
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Pigeons fly over the national delegations taking part in the Olympic Games parade during the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.
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