Miami Beach, Florida (JFK+50) Cassius Clay of Louisville, Kentucky was declared the winner of a heavyweight championship fight 50 years ago today, February 25, 1964, here in Miami Beach.
Clay, who won a gold medal in the Summer Olympic Games in 1960, won the match in the seventh round over reigning world champion, Sonny Liston.
"float like a butterfly and sting like a bee."
Clay also predicted a victory in eight rounds.
Liston, who did not come out for the seventh round, had become champion in 1962 by defeating Floyd Patterson.
Just two days later Clay announced he had joined the Nation of Islam and was changing his name to Muhammad Ali.
In 2005, Ali was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy accepted a pair of lanterns crafted by Colonial Williamsburg's master silversmith, William de Matteo, on February 25, 1961.
The lanterns were functional electric reproductions of the original tin lamps that hung in the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts on the night of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride, April 18-19, 1775.
JFK had the lanterns hung on the wall of the oval office behind the famous Resolute desk.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Boston.