On this day: May 13

POSTED: 10:30 PM PDT May 11, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 12, 2016 

America declares war on Mexico, The Beatles film "Let It Be" premieres, Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt, and Tipper Gore doesn't like what she hears, all on this day.

OTD May 13 - Joe Louis
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Chicago History Museum

1914: Boxer Joe Louis, considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, is born in Lafayette, Alabama. Nicknamed the "Brown Bomber," Louis was the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949, setting a heavyweight division record in successfully defending his title 25 times. He retired in 1951 with a career record of 66 wins (52 by knockout), three losses and one no contest. He died of cardiac arrest at age 66 on April 12, 1981.


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