Tuesday, July 17, 2012

On July 17

On this day in ...
... 1976, the BBC reported, "The opening ceremony of the 21st Olympic Games in Montreal has been marred by the withdrawal of 25 African countries." In subsequent days other countries left, bringing the eventual total to 33 teams and more than 300 athletes. (credit for map indicating boycotting countries in yellow) The pullout came in protest of the refusal by the International Olympic Committee to ban New Zealand. At that moment, its rugby team, the All Blacks, was on tour in South Africa, which had been expelled from the Olympics since 1964 on account of its apartheid laws. (London's Olympics are set to begin in 10 days; at this writing, no boycotts on the horizon.)

(Prior July 17 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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