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The Summer Olympics haven't always been held in the summer. The 1956 games in Melbourne, Australia, were held in the autumn (Nov. 22-Dec. 8) because of the reverse of seasons in the Southern Hemisphere. The exception was the equestrian events: Due to a six-month quarantine requirement for horses to be admitted into the country, those events were held in June in Sweden, more than five months before the opening ceremony in Australia.
-Source: "Pursuit of Excellence, The Olympic Story" by The Associated Press and Grolier
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