Jan. 10: George Foreman

George Foreman, 66: world chubbyweight champion, Olympic gold medalist, TV burger grillionaire.

An extraordinary combination hit man and pitch man, he made a Michael Jackson-esque transformation from the ripped, powerhouse Foreman who won the heavyweight title from Joe Frazier in Jamaica in 1973 (Howard Cosell: “Down goes Frazier!”) and lost it to Muhammad Ali in Zaire 1974, to the chunky, smiling comeback Foreman who clubbed his way back to the crown in 1994 at age 45 as the oldest heavyweight champ ever.

That same year, fleshy as-seen-on-TV Foreman started flipping all-beef burgers on his very own grill, which would go on to sell more than 100 million units worldwide.

In today’s video selection, Foreman makes a cameo in the 1975 comedy “Lets Do It Again.” (Warning: Not safe for those who do not want to see Bill Cosby put the moves on George Foreman.)

Other Jan. 10 milestones:

On this day in 1776, Thomas Paine published his influential pamphlet on indigenous North American plant life, “Common Scents.”

On this day in 1861, Florida seceded from the Union over a bitter dispute about whether slaves could retire to St. Petersburg when they turned 65.

On this day in 1920, the League of Nations was established. Later in the year, Germany defeated Austria in sudden-death overtime in the first league championship.

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