It’s Atlanta!: Read the AJC story announcing the 1996 Olympic Games

But 30 years ago today, Sept. 18, 1990, in an enormous, ornate ballroom in Tokyo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch made a simple announcement:

“The International Olympic Committee has awarded the 1996 Olympic Games to the city of … Atlanta."

In what has been described as one of closest competitions ever, the IOC took five rounds of votes to reach a decision.

Atlanta trailed Athens on the first ballot, 23-19. Belgrade was knocked out, then Manchester, then Melbourne. When Toronto, which held 22 votes, was eliminated in the fourth round, Atlanta soared to 51 votes.