This Day in History: March 8th

Muhammad Ali takes a left from Joe Frazier during the 15th round of their heavyweight title bout in New York Monday, March 8, 1971. (AP PHOTO)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Volkswagen introduces the bus, and Ali and Frazier have the “Fight of the Century”. Plus we say goodbye to the originator or UA’s “Big Al” mascot, find out all the details in this edition of “This Day in History”.

On this day in 1971, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier faced off in the “Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York City, for the heavyweight championship. Frazier retained the title, winning after 15 rounds.

On this day in 2010, Melford Edward Espey, Jr. passed away. Espey was an administrator at the University of Alabama. He was also originator of the beloved “Big Al” mascot.

On this day in 1950, Volkswagen started producing a new microbus. The bus was only the second product created by Volkswagen.

(AP Photo/Lana Harris)
(AP Photo/Lana Harris)

On this day in 1979, the first extraterrestrial volcano discovered was discovered on the Jupiter moon Io.

On this day in 1965, 3,500 Marines arrive in Vietnam, making them the first U.S. combat forces to arrive in the country.

On this day in 1962, the Beatles make their television debut, performing “Dream Baby” on BBC.

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