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United States' Michael Phelps waves after finishing first in the men's 200-meter butterfly swimming semifinal at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Monday, July 30, 2012.
The Summer Olympics haven't always been held in the summer. The 1956 games in Melbourne, Australia, were held in the autumn (Nov. 22-Dec. 8) because of the reverse of seasons in the Southern Hemisphere. The exception was the equestrian events: Due to a six-month quarantine requirement for horses to be admitted into the country, those events were held in June in Sweden, more than five months before the opening ceremony in Australia.
-Source: "Pursuit of Excellence, The Olympic Story" by The Associated Press and Grolier
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