This Day in Black History: Jan. 17, 1942

Boxing great Muhammad Ali is born.

Posted: 01/17/2012 07:00 AM EST

Olympic gold medalist and former heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali—noted as one of the most recognizable personalities in sports—was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., often referred to himself as “The Greatest”, and his record in the ring supported that claim. His legendary bouts included what was dubbed "Rumble in the Jungle,” where Ali beste reigning champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, in 1974.    


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