The 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony officially signaled the start of this year's Games. The ceremony told the customary tale of Great Britain's history as London is the host city.
The ceremony took us from an old English village on the countryside, through the industrial revolution, into a social media-inspired dance party and ended with the lighting of the Olympic torch to symbolize the formal beginning to this year's competition.
There was a lot of pageantry, special effects, lighting, celebrity sightings, musical selections and other moments that made the event special. Here are 10 of the best moments from last night's opening ceremony.