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Muhammad Ali joins Twitter on 50th anniversary of first Sonny Liston title fight

Muhammad Ali joins Twitter on 50th anniversary of first Sonny Liston title fight

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Muhammad Ali starts tweeting with #AliTweet hashtag on 50th anniversary of first Sonny Liston title fight.
Evan Bleier

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
By United Press International

Mocking Obama's Iran policy

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- In an Iranian mosque with hundreds of worshipers present and thousands more watching on television, he denigrated the United States and urged his listeners to chant "Death to America."
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

'Shoeless Joe' bat fetched nearly $1 million at auction

NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- An antique bat swung by baseball pioneer "Shoeless" Joe Jackson hit a home run with buyers in New York Saturday, the auctioneers said.
Gloves from Muhammad Ali’s first heavyweight championship fight up for auction

Gloves from Muhammad Ali’s first heavyweight championship fight up for auction

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Gloves that Muhammad Ali wore in his first heavyweight championship fight against Sonny Liston will be auctioned off Feb. 22.
Evan Bleier

Muhammad Ali's gloves from Liston fight headed for auction

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The New York auction house selling Muhammad Ali's gloves from his 1964 bout with Sonny Liston said the gloves are expected to sell for more than $500,000.
Plumber knocks on Muhammad Ali's door and wishes him happy birthday

Plumber knocks on Muhammad Ali's door and wishes him happy birthday

Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Irish plumber Tony Kelly got to wish Muhammad Ali a happy 72nd birthday last Friday, by knocking on his door.
Evan Bleier

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
By United Press International
Frears, Mamet, Soderbergh, Fincher up for DGA Awards

Frears, Mamet, Soderbergh, Fincher up for DGA Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Stephen Frears, David Mamet and Nelson McCormick were nominated Thursday for the Directors Guild of America Award for Best TV Movie or Miniseries.

Sculptor Ousmane Sow joins France's Academy of Fine Arts

PARIS, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow became the first African to be accepted into France's Academy of Fine Arts, an honor he dedicated to Nelson Mandela.

Single morgue copes with Karachi's death toll

KARACHI, Oct. 30 (UPI Next) --The Edhi Morgue is the only functioning morgue in Karachi -- a city of more than 18 million and the explosive nerve center of Pakistan.
Tehmina Qureshi

Documents: NSA spied on Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The National Security Agency monitored overseas communication of U.S. critics of the Vietnam War including Martin Luther King, newly released documents show.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013.
By United Press International
Louis C.K. on how he landed his role in 'Blue Jasmine'

Louis C.K. on how he landed his role in 'Blue Jasmine'

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- Louis C.K. says he never expected to land a role in Woody Allen's drama "Blue Jasmine" when he went to meet the writer-director in his New York office.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Parkinson reveals his cancer diagnosis

LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- Sir Michael Parkinson, the veteran broadcaster and former chat show host, said Sunday he has prostate cancer and is undergoing treatment.
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Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is a former American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers. As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. After turning professional, he went on to become the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times.

Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Islam in 1975 and more recently to Sufism. In 1967, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges, stripped of his boxing title, and his boxing license was suspended. He was not imprisoned, but did not fight again for nearly four years while his appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was successful.

Nicknamed "The Greatest", Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these are three with rival Joe Frazier and one with George Foreman, whom he beat by knockout to win the world heavyweight title for the second time. He suffered only five losses (four decisions and one TKO by retirement from the bout) with no draws in his career, while amassing 56 wins (37 knockouts and 19 decisions). Ali was well known for his unorthodox fighting style, which he described as "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee", and employing techniques such as the rope-a-dope. He was also known for his pre-match hype, where he would "trash talk" opponents on television and in person some time before the match, often with rhymes. These personality quips and idioms, along with an unorthodox fighting technique, made him a cultural icon. In later life, Ali developed Parkinson's disease. In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC.

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