On this day: January 17

POSTED: 12:10 PM PST Jan 16, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 16, 2016 

Hawaii's monarchy is overthrown, Popeye makes his comic strip debut, Muhammad Ali is born, Operation Desert Storm begins, and news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal breaks online, all on this day.

OTD January 17 - Muhammad Ali
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Library of Congress

1942: Muhammad Ali, considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, is born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali would go on to become the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion, but is almost as well known for his unorthodox fighting style and his pre-match hype.


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