What time of year are the Olympics held?

Answer

It depends on 2 factors:

1) The Winter or Summer Game 2) Geographical Factor

The reason for the first factor is obvious. If you are talking about a summer game, it is likely to be in summer of the locality (usually July or August). However, if the location of the summer game is in the Southern Hemisphere (For example: Sydney, Australia 2000), It would be October or so because their seasons are opposite of northern hemisphere.

Here is a complete list. Look at the dates carefully:

Summer Games:

1896 Athens 6 - 15 April

1900 Paris 20 May - 28 October

1904 St. Louis 1 July - 23 November

1908 London 27 April - 31 October

1912 Stockholm 5 May - 22 July

1916 not celebrated

1920 Antwerp 23 April - 12 September

1924 Paris 5 May - 27 July

1928 Amsterdam 17 May - 12 August

1932 Los Angeles 30 July - 14 August

1936 Berlin 1 - 16 August

1940 not celebrated

1944 not celebrated

1948 London 29 July - 14 August

1952 Helsinki 19 July - 3 August

1956 Melbourne 22 November - 8 December Stockholm 10 June - 17 June (For Equestrian Events Only)

1960 Rome 25 August - 11 September

1964 Tokyo 10 - 24 October

1968 Mexico City 12 - 27 October

1972 Munich 26 August - 11 September

1976 Montreal 17 July - 1 August

1980 Moscow 19 July - 3 August

1984 Los Angeles 28 July - 12 August

1988 Seoul 17 September - 2 October

1992 Barcelona 25 July - 9 August

1996 Atlanta 20 July - 4 August

2000 Sydney 15 September - 1 October

2004 Athens 13 - 29 August

2008 Beijing 8 - 24 August

2012 London 27 July - 12 August

2016 Rio De Janerio 5 - 21 August

Winter Games:

1924 Chamonix 25 January - 5 February

1928 St. Moritz 11 - 19 February

1932 Lake Placid 4 - 13 February

1936 Garmisch- Partenkirchen 6 - 16 February

1940 not celebrated

1944 not celebrated

1948 St. Moritz 30 January - 8 February

1952 Oslo 14 - 25 February

1956 Cortina d'Ampezzo 26 January - 5 February

1960 Squaw Valley 18 - 28 February

1964 Innsbruck 29 January - 9 February

1968 Grenoble 6 - 18 February

1972 Sapporo 3 - 13 February

1976 Innsbruck 4 - 15 February

1980 Lake Placid 13 - 24 February

1984 Sarajevo 8 - 19 February

1988 Calgary 13 - 28 February

1992 Albertville 8 - 23 February

1994 Lillehammer 12 - 27 February

1998 Nagano 7 - 22 February

2002 Salt Lake City 8 - 24 February

2006 Turin 10 - 26 February

2010 Vancouver 12 - 28 February

2014 Sochi 7 - 23 February