On this day: October 29

Published On: Oct 28 2012 10:43:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 29 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Red Cross is formed, the New York Stock Exchange crashes on "Black Tuesday," Cassius Clay fights for the first time, John Glenn returns to space, and Sandy slams the East Coast, all on this day.

OTD October 29 - Cassius Clay
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On Oct. 29, 1960, Ali, then still known as Cassius Clay, won his first professional fight, beating Tunney Hunsaker with a six-round decision in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. He would capture the world heavyweight championship in a stunning upset of Sonny Liston in 1964 and go on to a career that saw him post a 56-5 professional record, with 37 of those wins coming by knockout. Generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport, he remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion, winning the title in 1964, 1974 and 1978.

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