Video Of The Day: The Very First Super Bowl Halftime Show

Last year’s Super Bowl made history as the most watched television event of all time. Nearly 120 million people tuned in for the part of the event that had nothing to do with football: the halftime show.

Perhaps the entertainment event of the year, this grand spectacle is so compelling and important that, in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL was asking the world’s top entertainers to pay them for the right to play the show. But as the above video of the very first Super Bowl halftime show (from 1967) reveals, things used to be much, much different.

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Super Bowl Infographic Shows How Much Different The Game, And America, Once Were

Each year, we’re newly aghast at the exorbitant costs of things like Super Bowl commercial air time and tickets. However, it wasn’t always like this. If you look at the air time and ticket prices for the very first Super Bowl, in 1967, you’ll be just as shocked at how different the game — not to mention America itself — once was.

In the decades since that first game, the business of football has, of course, grown exponentially. In short, everyone, including us, is now both spending and making a lot more money from the game — except the players, that is. If that seems shocking, there’s plenty more where that came from in the Super Bowl infographic below:

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Photo Of The Day: A Hockey Team From The Very First Winter Olympics In 1924

Photo courtesy Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report, via Slate

Photo courtesy Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report, via Slate

We’re still two years away from the next Winter Olympics, but on this day in 1924, the very first Winter Olympics took place in Chamonix, France. After the opening ceremony on January 25th, there followed ten days of tournaments, some of which are still recognizable—ski jumping, curling—and some of which sound utterly baffling, such as the military patrol event (a short-lived entry which eventually evolved into today’s more familiar biathlon). Even the sports that have remained relatively unchanged have gone through huge alterations in terms of uniforms and equipment, as can be seen from the worryingly unprotected hockey team above.

258 athletes from 16 nations participated in the first games. There were several memorable highlights, including the Olympic figure skating debut of Norway’s Sonja Henie, who was only 11 years old at the time (she came last, but won gold at the next three Winter Olympics). America lays claim to the very first awarded gold medal, courtesy of speed-skater Charles Jewtraw. Sadly for the host country, France failed to win a single gold medal.

Liked this? Check out the 1948 Olympics in photos, or enjoy 15 epic images from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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