On this day: July 11

POSTED: 9:33 AM Jul 09 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Jul 11 2014

A vice president duels for honor, the Marine Corps is re-established, a folk singer debuts, a space station plummets to Earth, and Martin Luther King earns a posthumous honor, all on this day.

OTD July 11 - Leon Spinks
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Johnmaxmena at en.wikipedia

1953: Professional boxer Leon Spinks, best known for his February 1978 upset of Muhammad Ali, is born in St. Louis, Missouri. Spinks won the undisputed world heavyweight championship by beating Ali in only his eighth professional match. However, he was stripped of the WBC title after fighting Ali in an unapproved rematch seven months later, which he lost by a 15-round unanimous decision. He also won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1976 Olympic Games and finished his pro career with a record of 26 wins (14 by knockout), 17 losses and three draws.


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