Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the start of the London Olympics, best known for the feats of Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and others, but the Games got off to a rousing opening at Olympic Stadium.
Here’s a look back in pictures at July 27, 2012 (all images via Reuters, Getty Images):
Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins got the proceedings going by ringing the world’s largest harmonically tuned bell.
Mr. Bean, also known as Rowan Atkinson, had one of the funnier performances of the night, doing a spoof of “Chariots of Fire” and leading this orchestra.
David Beckham didn’t compete in the Olympics, but he played a role driving this speedboat down the river Thames.
Olympic champion fencer Mariel Zagunis led the U.S. delegation in the parade of nations.
Track cyclist Chris Hoy had the honor of carrying the British flag as the host nation entered the stadium last.
The Games’ motto was to inspire a generation, so it was only fitting that seven youths combined to light the Olympic cauldron.
Paul McCartney capped the night by performing “The End” and “Hey Jude.”