May 13

May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981   Joe Louis

"World Heavyweight champ Joe Louis (Barrow) sews on the stripes of a technical sergeant-to which he has been promoted. - NARA - 535937

“World Heavyweight champ Joe Louis (Barrow) sews on the stripes of a technical sergeant-to which he has been promoted. – NARA – 535937

 Legendary professional boxer Joe Louis was born on May 13, 1914 in Lafayette, Alabama.   He was World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949 and retired with a  record of 66 wins (52 by KO), three losses,  no draws and one no contest.   Nicknamed the “Brown Bomber” Louis died in Paradise, Nevada on April 12, 1981 at age 66.