Atlanta saw all recognised National Olympic Committees represented at the Games for the first time. The opening ceremony saw boxing legend and former Olympic champion Muhammad Ali light the Olympic flame.
A terrorist bomb exploded on 27 July at the Centennial Olympic Park, killing two people and injuring many others.
The National Archives does not yet hold open access records relating to the 1996 Games. Details of these records will be made published in our latest document releases as they become available.