On this day: the first Eurovision Song Contest

Official logo of the Eurovision Song Contest 1956. First Contest.

The first Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland on the 24th of May, 1956.

Lys Assia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lugano in 1956.

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The contest was won by Swiss singer Lys Assia, who would go on to compete for the next two years.

On this day: the 1948 Winter Olympics end

The 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland were the first Olympics since the Second World War. While competitors from twenty-eight countries participated, Germany and Japan were barred due to their actions during the war.

Here’s a picture of Barbara-Ann Scott of Canada and Hans Gerschwiler of Switzerland having fun doing pairs figure skating at the Games.

Scott_and_GerschwilerBarbara-Ann Scott of Canada and Hans Gerschwiler of Switzerland practice pairs figure skating before competition.1948winterolympics