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Boxing champ Muhammad Ali was just 18 when he won Olympic gold in the light heavyweight division in Rome, Italy 50 years ago today.

Today from noon until 5:00pm, the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville will mark the historic anniversary with a series of special events.

Spokesperson Jeanie Kahnke says Ali himself could show up.

“Well, Muhammad certainly knows about this historic day and the celebration of events. So, we don’t know if he will stop by or not we certainly hope so,” she said.

Some of the events include a photo exhibit, scavenger hunt and drawings for prizes. There’s also a book signing with Feliz Rodriguez, the author of Dad, Me and Muhammad Ali.

The events are free with a reduced admission price of five dollars.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."