This year London becomes the first city to host the modern Olympic games three times, the first two having come in 1908 and 1948. It would have been interesting had London been the host city at its swinging height during the 1960s, but the honour instead went to Rome in 1960, Tokyo in 1964 and Mexico City in 1968.
As Wimbledon 2012 gets under way, professional players from over 60 countries will compete for a share of over £16 million in prize money. But the tournament hasn’t always been so lucrative for those taking part. The 1960s was the decade when Wimbledon turned professional, having been an exclusively amateur tournament until then.