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This Day in Georgia History

July 27, 1996

Centennial Olympic Park Bombing

In the early morning hours of the ninth day of the Summer Olympics, downtown Atlanta was shocked with the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. The blast killed one woman, caused a fatal heart attack in a man, and injured 111 bystanders. Conferring with law enforcement agencies and participation National Olympic Committees, by morning IOC officials decided to continue day 8 of Olympic competition (though Olympic flags were flown at half staff). Seven years would go by before the person responsible for the bombing, Eric Rudolph, was captured in North Carolina. Rudolph, who confessed to four bombings in Georgia and Alabama, was sentence to multiple life sentences in prison without parole. In the day’s athletic competition, U.S. gold medal winners were Gail Devers-Roberts in women’s 100 meters and Kenny Harrison in men’s triple jump.

Centennial Olympic Park Bombing View large image
Source: Photo: Ed Jackson