1964-10-24 - Olympic Closing Ceremony Blackout!
Summary: At the closing ceremonies for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the broadcast cuts out.
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Tokyo (AP) — US audiences experienced a total interruption to the international telecast of the closing ceremonies for the XVIII Olympiad.

The telecast ran for only 7 minutes. Athletes rushed into the Olympic Stadium without any sense of order or decorum. Only one nation appeared to have one — Zambia, a country that declared its independence this very day.

Broadcast difficulties have not been publicly discussed. Games officials blamed errors with the Syncom 3 satellite. Syncom 3 is part of NASA's planned array of further geosynchronous satellites put into orbit around the earth to improve telecommunications.

NASA engineers have thus far not been able to contact the satellite.

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