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What happened on 15 March


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The Melbourne Tram at the Opening Ceremony.
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15 March 2006 Day 0 highlights

Skaters light up the 'G
16 Mar 06 12:11
An inside look into the preparation, execution and celebration from performers in the Games Opening Ceremony.

Small teams with determined athletes

16 Mar 06 10:46
Among the 71 nations and territories in last night’s Opening Ceremony were twelve small but proud teams, each with fewer than ten competitors at the Games.

Games opened by the Queen

15 Mar 06 20:27
The Melbourne skyline erupted in a blaze of fireworks as the city celebrated the groundbreaking Opening Ceremony to mark the start of the XVIII Commonwealth Games.

Gates launches Games Website
15 Mar 06 15:44
The Games website was officially launched with a message of support from Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.

Courageous Du Toit carries flag
15 Mar 06 11:40 Disabled South African Swimmer Natalie Du Toit has been chosen as South Africa's flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony.

Canada rolls into Games
15 Mar 06 09:39
Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Chantal Petitclerc has been chosen to carry the Canadian flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

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Fireworks at the MCG at the closing of Melbourne 2006.
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