Friday, August 08, 2008

The 1936 Liechtenstein Flag Olympic Incident

The 1936 Olympic Games are well known for many historical reasons including Jesse Owens, Adolf Hitler, German nationalism, and palatable tensions which would lead to World War Two. However, a microstate in Europe was also deeply impacted. The consequences were lasting.

During the opening ceremonies, athletes from Liechtenstein were shocked to discover that their flag was identical to the flag of Haiti! After the games, a yellow crown was added to the flag of Liechtenstein.

I guess very few (if any) citizens of Liechtenstein or Haiti had visited the other country or had ever noticed. Of course, if any had they probably kept quiet to avoid the difficulty of changing something as hard as a national flag.

10 comments:

Chanel man said...

HA, i guess that there was very little chance of any of them to know the other country, but what were the chances that 2 flags of such distant countries would be similar?

Roro said...

the flag oh Haiti was blue and red with the arms in the centre...the one from Liechtenstein was kind of purple and red...so weren't similars

Anonymous said...

Thank you The Big Bang Theory for making me google this shit, haha.

Damn, I need to get a hobby.

wallyirwin said...

One word: RED WHITE AND BLUE

Anonymous said...

"Palatable"? Perhaps you mean "palpable."

Anonymous said...

Oh my God big bang theory made me google it also

Anonymous said...

Totally googled this while watching TBBT and practically talked over Sheldon regarding the Liechtenstein and Haiti flags and the two cows of Andorra. Thank you high speed internet, dual monitors and The Big Bang Theory!!

Anonymous said...

the big bang theory got me here too. there they go educating the masses again

Anonymous said...

Oh... Thanks Sheldon

Anonymous said...

roro did u not read the article..after the olympics haiti added the arms and liechtenstein added the crown..so in the olympics they were both just blue and red..read the article or dont comment u fool