Though many would later see his decision as courageous — and it quickly drew support from other celebrities, like Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, seen here — TIME was initially dismissive of Muhammad Ali's Apr. 28, 1967, refusal to step forward for his official induction into the U.S. military. "Though such gaudy objectors to the draft as Cassius Clay and draft-card burners suggest that Americans in unprecedented numbers are resisting military service, statistics convincingly show that the opposite is the case," the magazine noted. "Americans evading the draft or deserting once they are inducted still number considerably less than in previous wars."Read More
The legendary architect was born April 26, 1917. In 1978, TIME declared his design for the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., a "masterpiece" that was "born of sustained and highly analytical thought, exquisitely attuned to its site and architectural surroundings."
"'The aim of architecture is to build well. Well-building hath three conditions: commodity, firmness and delight.' Sir Henry Wotton's maxim is as true today as it was 350 years ago," the magazine noted, "and Pei's building reminds us that the sense of ethical and aesthetic responsibility from which it issued is not, after all, quite dead."
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