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Born 13 May 1914 – Joe Louis

Joseph Louis Barrow, better known as “The Brown Bomber,” was born in rural Alabama on May 13, 1914. Raised in poverty, Louis turned to amateur boxing as a teenager to escape his harsh surroundings. His exceptional talent and devastating punching power propelled him to a professional career in 1934. Louis quickly rose through the ranks, captivating audiences with his ferocious fighting style and charisma. In 1937, he claimed the World Heavyweight Championship title, a reign that would solidify his place in boxing history. Louis defended his title a record-breaking 25 times, becoming a symbol of national pride during World War II. Though he eventually lost the title and retired in 1949, Joe Louis’s impact transcended the boxing ring. He broke racial barriers in sports, inspiring generations of African Americans and etching his name as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Years of punishment in the ring took a toll on his health. Joe Louis passed away on April 12, 1981, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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