People watch fireworks during New Years
People watch fireworks during New Years celebrations at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on January 1, 2016.AFP PHOTO/ YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

If you ask me – do you want to be freezing in Times Square or swaying in a tropical breeze on the Copacabana when the clock strikes 12 and the fireworks bring in the new year – I have to say, at least for 2016, it’s gotta be Rio.

And to signify the start to Brazil’s 2016 Olympian coming-out party, the fireworks launched to the theme music of the Olympics.

Ah, but which theme? As you can see below when you click on the image below, they play the music actually called “Olympic Fanfare and Theme”. 2016 New Year Fireworks Rio de Janeiro_ao vivo

The “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” was created by famed composer, John Williams, who was commissioned by the United States Olympic Committee to compose a theme for the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In 1984, John Williams had already created the iconic musical themes for Jaws, Star Wars, Superman and Indiana Jones, so it was not a stretch to select Williams.

To be fair, there are always new songs and anthems created for each Olympic Games. The Indie band Elbow created the theme for the London Games in 2012.

And when Europeans in general think of theme music for the Olympics, they likely think of Vangelis and his theme from the movie, Chariots of Fire.

But, as explained in this great summary article from the Smithsonian, American audiences were trained by the networks in the 1970s, primarily ABC, to associate the Olympics with Leo Arnaud’s “Bugler’s Dream”, which begins with those familiar bass drum beats leading into a trumpet fanfare.

So in the 1990s, there were two themes in America associated with the Olympic Games. At that time, NBC had the rights to the Games, and

He died in one of the most famous car accidents in the 20th century.

Dodi Fayed and his friend, Diana, Princess of Wales, were in the back seat of a Mercedes-Benz W140 departing a hotel in Paris. Followed by camera-wielding men on motorcycles, the car lost control in the Pond de L’Alma tunnel, and tragically, on this day in 1997, both Dodi and Diana lost their lives.

Dodi Fayed was the eldest son of the Egyptian magnate, Mohamed Al-Fayed, who owned at the time the Harrods Department Store, the Fulham Football Club, and the Hotel Ritz in Paris, where Dodi and Diana stayed just before their demise.


Dodi was the executive producer of Chariots of Fire, the story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams competing for glory at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. If you don’t recall the movie, you probably would recall the movie’s theme by Vangelis. The film won four Oscars at the 1981 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.

On the re-release of Chariots of Fire during the 2012 London Games, quite a lot was written about the producer of the film, David Puttnam, and his money man, Dodi Fayed. For some