BHMD - MUHAMMAD ALI
Boxing champion Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr on January 17, 1942 is generally considered perhaps the greatest heavyweights in sport's history. A giant inside the ring and out is respected for his masterful skills as a boxer and his principles as a human being. He is the most recognized sports figure of the past 100 years, crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated, "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC and considered the G.O.A.T. by many boxing fans all around the world. Watch part 1 of a 4 part BHMD series on AlI’s life and times featured exclusively on our website.
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BHMD SALUTE GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
January 5, marks the birth of George Washington Carver in 1864. He was an educator and innovator in the agricultural sciences. Carver born enslaved in Diamond, Missouri, was kidnapped as a baby by night raiders, then ransom by his owner, Moses Carver, for racehorse, value at $300. He would go on to become one of the greatest agricultural scientist in history.
In 1896, he became director of the Department of Agricultural Research at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University). Carver began an exhaustive series of experiments with peanuts, developing several hundred industrial uses for them as well as for sweet potatoes and soybeans.
In 1935, he was appointed collaborator in the Division of Plant Mycology and Disease Survey of the Bureau of Plant Industry of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. #GeorgeWashingtonCarver died at Tuskegee on January 5, 1943.
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