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Timeline: Louis and Schmeling chronology

1905-1937 | 1938-2005  


"Joe Kayos Max in 1st" Headline June 22: The second Louis-Schmeling fight takes place before a crowd of more than 70,000 at Yankee Stadium -- and a radio audience of 70 million. It lasts just 124 seconds; Schmeling, knocked out, is hospitalized.


Joe Jacobs dies of a heart attack.

September: Germany invades Poland, and Britain and France declare war on Germany, starting World War II.

Schmeling is drafted into the German military. After cursory training, he is sent on a paratrooper mission over Crete. He will remain in the service until 1943.


June: The German Army captures Paris.


In a busy professional year, Joe Louis defends his title against a host of challengers, who earn the collective nickname, "The Bum of the Month Club."

December 8: The day after a devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. enters World War II.


Louis joins the U.S. Army, eventually attaining the rank of sergeant. His service consists primarily of exhibition matches to raise money for the armed forces and raise morale among the soldiers. Among his friends in the segregated service will be Lieutenant Jackie Robinson -- the future baseball great.


Louis divorces Marva Trotter for the second and final time.

Max Schmeling retires from boxing.


March: Louis retires from the ring for the first time, as undefeated champion.


September: Louis comes out of retirement, in part to help pay back taxes.


10/26/1951, Rocky Marciano Punching Joe Louis October 26: Rocky Marciano knocks out Louis in the 8th round; Louis retires from professional boxing for good.


Schmeling and Louis reunite Schmeling comes to America and renews an acquaintance with Louis.


Louis marries Rose Morgan; three years later, the marriage will be annulled.


Schmeling is offered an opportunity to invest in Coca-Cola's German franchise. In this new phase of his life, he becomes a successful businessman and generous philanthropist.


Louis marries his third wife, Martha Jefferson.


Joe Louis is reunited with Max Schmeling on the popular American television program, "This Is Your Life."


April 12: Joe Louis dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he worked in his later years as a casino greeter. President Ronald Reagan arranges for Louis to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Max Schmeling serves as a pall bearer.


Joe Louis is inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and acknowledged as one of the 20th century's great heavyweight champions. His career record in 71 bouts was 68 wins and 3 losses, with 54 knockouts.


Max Schmeling is inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, likewise one of the all-time greats, with a record of 56 wins (39 KOs), 10 losses, and 4 draws in a total of 70 bouts.


February 2: Max Schmeling passes away at age 99. He is buried in Hollenstedt, near Hamburg, Germany, next to his wife of 54 years, Anny Ondra, who died in 1987.

1905-1937 | 1938-2005  

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