The man we now know as Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, scored a surprise victory over the legendary Sonny Liston today in 1964, and became World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
Despite four years out of competition, after he had refused to fight in the Vietnam War on the grounds of his religious beliefs, Ali earned his name "The Greatest". Ali became a hero of the US civil rights movement, has founded humanitarian awards and has helped perceptions of Islam in his country immensely.
Famous for his "float like a butterfly sting like a bee" strategy, The Greatest still battles on, and we're toasting him today with a Fly Like a Butterfly.
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