First time Olympic Games banned

Under Roman Emperor Theodosius I, the ancient Olympic Games were banned. But 1,500 years later (1896.), thanks to a French noble, Pierre, baron de Coubertin, the first modern Olympics began on 6 April. They included the marathon, following the route taken by Greek soldier Pheidippides in 490 BC bringing news of victory over the Persians. Fittingly, the first Olympic marathon was won by a Greek, named Spyridon Louis.