January 17, Muhammad Ali was born in
His name at birth was Cassius Clay.
His bicycle was stolen and he told
the policemen, Joe Martin, that he wanted to "whup" whoever had
stolen his bike. Martin trained young boxers and started to train Clay.
He wins the novice Golden Gloves
Championship as a light heavyweight.
He wins the the AAU light heavyweight
title at the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions.
In September he won the light heavyweight
gold medal at the Rome Olympics, his first major success in athletics.
In October he wins his first
professional bout with Tunney Hunsaker.
In October he wins his first foreign
professional bout with Henry Cooper in London before 55,000 fans.
February 25, he knocked out Sonny
This defeat allowed him to become the heavyweight champion.
February 26, he joined the Nation of
March 6, at the age of 22, he changed
his name from
Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali.
Ali is drafted and he files for
conscientious objector status as a Muslim minister.
In April, the government denies his
filing for conscientious objector status and he was drafted into the Army. He
attends the induction ceremony, but he refused to step forward.
In June, Ali is found guilty of
refusing induction into the Army. His passport is revoked.
The boxing association takes back his
boxing titles and bans him from boxing for three years.
He married his second wife, Belinda
They would go on to have four children together.
On October 26, Ali returns to
fighting in Atlanta and wins over Jerry Quarry.
In March, in a famous match called
"The Fight of the Century," Joe Frazier knocked Ali down, but Ali got
up. However, after 15 brutal rounds, it was still ruled that Frazier won.
In June, the Supreme Court reverses
its 1967 conviction and ruled that he was not guilty of evading the military,
since he should not have been drafted in the first place due to his religious
January 28, he won over Joe Frazier.
October 30, he defeated George
Foreman and reclaimed the title of Heavyweight Champion of the World. This
fight was a very famous fight event known as the "Rumble in the
Jungle" since the fight was at a stadium in Zaire.
October 1st, Ali beats Joe Frazier in
September 28, Ali beats Ken Norton in
Yankee Stadium in New York.
February 15, Ali lost the heavyweight
title to Leon Spinks in a split decision.
September 15, Ali wins the
heavyweight title back from Leon Spinks after a battle at the Superdome in New
Ali came back and fought with Harry
Holmes. Ali lost the fight.
December 12, once again, Ali came
back and fought with Trevor Berbick. Ali lost the fight.
December 13, at the age of 39, Ali announces
his retirement from boxing.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson's
In December, Ali secures the release
of 14 American hostages held in Iraq during the run-up to the Gulf War. Ali had
gone to Iraq at the invitation of Saddam Hussein, who met with the former
champion for 50 minutes
Ali was invited to light the Olympic
flame in Atlanta, Georgia. He accepted.
He received the Arthur Ashe Courage
His picture is placed on the front of
the Wheaties cereal box.
He is named Sportsman of the Century
by Sports Illustrated.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan names
Ali a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
He is awarded the Presidential Medal
of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor.
July: is among a number of dignitaries and other special guests to escort the
Olympic flag during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in Stratford, east
makes last known public appearance at Parkinson’s fundraiser Muhammad Ali's
Celebrity Fight Night XXII.