Tonight, all eyes are on London as the opening ceremonies kick-off the Olympics. But how will it compare to the opening ceremonies of past Olympics? Travel Channel takes a look at the last summer Olympic opening ceremonies from1976 to today.

Looking for even more Olympic history? Check out our Olympics trivia quiz and our photo gallery that takes a look back at the Olympics through the years. To feed your London fix, take a look at where our Travel Channel hosts have gone in the city. Don’t forget, Will and Kate will be there, too.

Montreal 1976: The Games were opened by Elizabeth II, as head of state of Canada, and several members of the Royal Family attended the opening ceremonies.

Moscow 1980: As a form of protest against the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, 15 countries marched in the opening ceremonies with the Olympic flag instead of their national flags.

Los Angeles 1984: The opening ceremonies featured the arrival of "rocketbelt" pilot, Bill Suitor, via jet pack.

Seoul 1988: These were the last summer opening ceremonies to be held during the day -- summer weather is just too hot.

Barcelona 1992: The opening ceremonies was held at the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc.

Atlanta 1996: During the opening ceremony, the Olympic torch was lit by Muhammad Ali.

Sydney 2000: The cast of the opening ceremony included 12,687 performers.

Athens 2004: This marked the first-ever international broadcast of high-definition television.

Beijing 2008: The ceremonies started at 8pm, August 8, 2008 since 8 is considered a lucky number in China.

London 2012: We'll have to wait and see what happens tonight...


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