Black stars' enclave gets landmark status

NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Tuesday named a Queens neighborhood -- which housed Jackie Robinson and James Brown -- a historic district.

Obama rally not on Kilpatrick's agenda

DETROIT, June 14 (UPI) -- Embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says he will not attend presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's upcoming rally in the city.

NHL: Dallas 2, Detroit 1

DETROIT, May 17 (UPI) -- Joel Lunqvist scored the game-winner in the second period Saturday to give Dallas a 2-1 victory at Detroit in game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 13, 2008.
By United Press International

NHL: Nashville 3, Detroit 1

DETROIT, March 15 (UPI) -- Dan Ellis backstopped the Nashville Predators' 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday, stopping 34 of the 35 shots sent his way.

Joe Louis' sister dies of exposure

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The sister of late heavyweight champion Joe Louis died of exposure in the snow after wandering out of a retirement complex in a Detroit suburb.

NHL: Detroit 5, Carolina 2

DETROIT, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Five Detroit players each scored a goal Sunday, powering the Red Wings to a 5-2 home ice victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Dr. Dre lawsuit likely going to trial

DETROIT, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A Michigan judge did not rule this week on a motion to dismiss a privacy invasion suit against rapper Dr. Dre, meaning the case could make it to trial.

NHL: Chicago 3, Detroit 2

DETROIT, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Brent Seabrook had a goal and an assist Friday night, as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Friday, June 22, 2007.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Sunday, May 13, 2007.
By United Press International

NHL: Columbus 2, Detroit 1 (SO)

DETROIT, March 22 (UPI) -- Ex-Red Wing Sergei Fedorov scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over his former team Thursday night.

Jamie Foxx's after-party rocks at Plan B

DETROIT, March 4 (UPI) -- The after-party for Jamie Foxx's concert at Plan B in Detroit had dozens of Metro Detroiters and out-of-towners waiting in the cold to get in the club.

Smithsonian wins Louis gloves by TKO

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Canadian has donated the boxing gloves heavyweight champ Joe Louis used in his first fight against Max Schmeling to Washington's Smithsonian Institution.

Bob Seger confirms fall tour rumors

DETROIT, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Detroit rocker Bob Seger has confirmed he will indeed take to the road with a new tour later this year in support of his recent "Face the Promise" album.
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Joe Louis
The boxing gloves of heavyweight champion Joe Louis have been donated to the National Museum of American History in Washington on January 31, 2007. The gloves were used in Louis' first fight against Germany's Max Schmeling in 1936, which he lost. Louis won the rematch in 1938 at Yankee Stadium. Due to the turbulent time in history, the two matches transcended boxing and became worldwide events with racial and national overtones. (UPI Photo/Yuri Gripas)

Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981), better known as Joe Louis, was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949. He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Nicknamed the Brown Bomber, Louis helped elevate boxing from a nadir in popularity in the post-Jack Dempsey era by establishing a reputation as an honest, hardworking fighter at a time when the sport was dominated by gambling interests. Louis's championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 27 championship fights, 26 championship fights during his reign; the 27th, against Ezzard Charles, was a challenge to Charles' heavyweight title and so is not included in Louis' reign. All in all, Joe was victorious in 25 successful title defenses, a record for the heavyweight division. In 2005, Louis was named the greatest heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, and was ranked number one on The Ring's list of 100 Greatest Punchers of All Time.

Louis's cultural impact was felt well outside the ring. He is widely regarded as the first African American to achieve the status of a nationwide hero within the United States, and was also a focal point of anti-Nazi sentiment leading up to and during World War II. He also was instrumental in integrating the game of golf, breaking the sport's color barrier in America by appearing under a sponsor's exemption in a PGA event in 1952.

Louis was born on May 13, 1914 in a ramshackle dwelling on Bell Chapel Road, located about a mile off Alabama's Route 50 and roughly six miles north of Lafayette in rural Chambers County, Alabama. Louis was the son of Munroe Barrow and Lillie (Reese) Barrow, and seventh of eight children. He weighed 11 pounds at birth. Both Louis's parents were the children of former slaves, alternating between sharecropping and rental farming. Munroe was predominantly African American with some white ancestry, while Lillie was half Cherokee.

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