Crazy Olympics Facts

Longest Olympic Games in History 1 of 9

The London 2012 Olympics will run from July 27 to August 12. The 1908 Olympics in London lasted a great deal longer.

  • Rome was initially slated to host the 1908 Olympics, but Mt. Vesuvius' eruption in 1906 caused the games to be moved to London.
  • The 1908 Summer Oympics opened on April 27, 1908.
  • The 1908 Olympics didn't finish until October 31, 1908.
  • Several nationalistic controversies took place during the opening ceremonies and bled into the games.
  • When all was said and done, the London 1908 Olympics lasted 187 days.