February 18, 1964
While vacationing in Miami during their first trip to the U.S., the Beatles were involved in a photo session with heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay (who later changed his name to Muhammed Ali). Clay said, “You guys got to be making a lot of money. You ain’t as dumb as you look.” John Lennon replied, “No, but you are.”
That night at a local drive-in movie theater the group saw the new Elvis Presley film “Fun In Acapulco.”
March 7, 1964
Capitol Records was swamped with requests for heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay’s album “I Am the Greatest“ after Clay defeated Sonny Liston on February 25th.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied Muhammad Ali’s request to be exempt from Army induction as a conscientious objector. Appearing in Houston 11 days later for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces, he refused three times to step forward when his name was called. As a result, he was arrested and on the same day the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title as Heavyweight Boxing Champion. He was not able to obtain a license to box in any state for more than three years.
Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army and, as a result, was arrested and stripped of his boxing title. He sited religious grounds for his refusal. In June 1967, Ali was found guilty by a jury that deliberated just 21 minutes. After an Appeals Court upheld the conviction, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court where, in June 1971, his conviction for refusing induction was overturned by unanimous decision.
On June 20, 1967, Ali was found guilty by a jury that deliberated just 21 minutes. After an Appeals Court upheld the conviction, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court where, on June 28, 1971, his conviction for refusing induction was overturned by unanimous decision.
Ali presented his boxing gloves to Elvis with the inscription “You’re the greatest” on the left glove and “To Elvis, my main man, form Muhammad Ali” on the right.
Ali’s fond recollection of Elvis was that, “I felt sorry for him because he didn’t enjoy life the way he should. He stayed indoors all the time. I told him he should go out and see people.”
Ali wears the Elvis given “People’s Choice” robe and loses the match, and retiring the robe.
Ali at Elvis’ Graceland Grave site, with Col Tom Parker and Vernon Presley
June 3, 2016
Muhammad Ali died.