Have You Heard, today (10/29) is “National Chocolate Day.”
Muhammad Ali, then known by his birth name of Cassius Clay, won his first professional fight 55 years ago today.
Clay beat a West Virginian by the name of Tunney Hunsaker.
Clay won in an unanimous decision in the fight at Freedom Hall, in Ali’s hometown of Louisville.
Hunsaker had a career record of 17-15-1. He retired after his final fight in 1962, after he was knocked out and then spent nine days in a coma.
Hunsaker, however, was a lot more than a boxer.
He was a veteran of the US Air Force and served for 38 years as the police chief of Fayetteville, WV.
He was later inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall Of Fame.
Hunsaker died ten years ago at the age of 74.
On the same day Ali won his first fight, the Cal Poly football team’s plane went down near Toledo.
The team lost to Bowling Green, 50-6, and then the plane crashed not long after it began its long trip back to the west coast.
Of the 48 on board, 22 were killed, including 16 players.
One of the survivors was Cal Poly quarterback Ted Tollner, who was later the head coach at the University of Southern California.
The first commercially-produced ballpoint pens went on sale 70 years ago today (10/29/1945) at New York City’s Gimbel’s Department Store.
The store sold all of its 10,000 pens on that one day!
The pens cost $12.95 each. That’s the equivalent of $171 today!
One of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, Duane Allman, died 44 years ago today in a motorcycle accident.
He was only 24.
Former Gamecock running back Marcus Lattimore is 24 today.
Today is also National Cat Day!
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