Muhammad Ali was born january 17, 1942 .Muhammad Ali was born.Muhammad Ali won a gold medal in the lightweight division at the 1960 summer olympics in Rome. In Muhammad Ali's autobiography, Ali states that he threw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio River after being refused service at a whites-only' restaurant, and fighting with a white gang. In 1999, Ali was crowned Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC. Muhammad Ali avoided jail and he wasn't able to fight for four years. Muhammad Ali regained his title on October 30, 1974 by by defeated champion George Foreman in their bout in Kinshasa, Zaire.