Well, the end of the Olympics in London is happening as this is published. It is fifty six years since the Olympics were held in Melbourne and by the reporting, it was a wonderful, albeit modest, Olympic Games. However, it was marred by one particular event. This is pretty well straight from Wikipedia, but it tallies with what I already know.
Also relevant is that R recently saw the movie The Door, part of which focused somewhat on events in Hungary around the same time our Olympics were underway. I was scratching my head to remember the events but eventually I did and I was able to explain to R what happened, but I had the year totally wrong.
A student demonstration in Budapest turned into an uprising against the Soviet backed Hungarian government. It seemed it might succeed but then the Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest. The Hungarian water polo team were in the hills above Budapest and watching the suppression from above, and then fled to Czechoslovakia before travelling to Melbourne to compete in the Olympic Games.
Once in Australia, they learnt fully of the quelling of the uprising and they were of course very concerned for the families and friends as three thousand Hungarians had been killed in the suppression of the uprising.
To use an English term, it was hardly surprising that when Hungary played against the Russia in water polo, that things 'kicked off'.
Zador sought and was granted asylum and moved to the United States and went on to coach swimmer Mark Spitz.
I suppose it was minor league compared to what happened some years late in Munich, but Olympic Games have certainly had some dramas in the past. The biggest drama for this Olympics seems to involve social media. Long may that continue.