03/06 – Cassius Becomes Muhammad

Muhammad Ali seconds after knocking out Sonny Liston. The 1964 victory raised Ali's profile and enabled him to join the Nation of Islam. (Time) On this day in 1964, Cassius Clay - African American heavyweight boxer and activist - changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Ali had converted to Islam in 1961 and became friends…

03/01 – The Massacre of the Citadel

Muhammad Ali (soon Pasha) watches from the Citadel as the remaining Mamluks are massacred by his Albanian mercenaries. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1811, the Massacre of the Citadel took place in Cairo, Egypt. A brutal civil war was underway in the country following Napoleon's failed 1798 invasion, and the power vacuum created by…