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  • n. Albanian soldier in the service of Turkey who was made viceroy of Egypt and took control away from the Ottoman Empire and established Egypt as a modern state (1769-1849)
  • n. United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)


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  • Immediately after the first debate ended I called Muhammad Ali at his home in Michigan, but whoever answered said the champ was laughing so hard that he couldn't come to the phone.

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  • You won't have a ton of opposition if you call Muhammad Ali the greatest boxer of all time.

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