Billy Eckstine Dies
1876 – U.S. Refuses to Seat P.B.S. Pinchback, elected Senator from Louisiana in 1873, after three years of controversy.
1971 – Muhammad Ali battled Joe Frazier for the heavyweight championship. In what was called the “Fight of the Century,” the two great boxers met at Madison Square Garden in front of a crowd of celebrities. Frazier knocked Ali down in the 14th round and won a unanimous decision, retaining his title a giving Ali his first loss of his professional career.