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This Day In History: Muhammad Ali Refused Induction Into The Army

April 28, 2017

This day in history, April 28, 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army, citing religious reasons as to why he didn’t want to serve in the military.

On April 28, 1967, Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces, famously saying “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.”

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 14, 1942, he changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after converting to Islam. On February 25, 1964, Ali defeated Sonny Liston in six rounds to become heavyweight champion.

On June 20, 1967, Ali was convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to five years in prison, fined $10,000 and banned from boxing for three years, but managed to avoid prison due to appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction and Ali was unable to obtain a license to box for three years.