2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's some background information about the 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Summer Olympics. The Olympic Games will be held August 5-21, 2016. The Paralympic Games will be held September 7-18, 2016.

This is the first time the Olympics will be held in South America.

Rio de Janeiro is also a host city for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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    September 13, 2007 -
    Seven cities in total have made bids to the International Olympic Committee: Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Doha (Qatar), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Prague.

    June 4, 2008 - Chicago, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid are the four finalists to host the 2016 Olympics.

    October 1, 2009 - President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci are among those who travel to Copenhagen in support of the U.S./Chicago bid.

    October 2, 2009 - The winning city, Rio de Janeiro, is announced in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    October 9, 2009 - The International Olympic Committee approves adding rugby sevens and golf for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.

    June 7, 2011 - NBC and Comcast pay $4.38 billion for the rights to continue broadcasting the Olympic Games through 2020.

    April 30, 2014 - Olympic Vice President John Coates makes a statement claiming preparations for the Olympics in Rio are the "worst" that he has seen.

    November 24, 2014 - The two mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics are announced. The mascot for the Olympic Games is a combination of different animals native to Brazil and the Paralympics mascot is a combination of native plants.