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Jim Corbett


1866 Born September 1, in San Francisco, California
1884 Becomes amateur boxing champion of San Francisco's Olympic Athletic Club
1886 Marries first wife, Olive Lake
1886 Wins first professional bout, against Utah heavyweight champion Frank Smith
1889 Makes pro boxing debut in San Francisco, in a bout with Joe Choynski
1890 Makes East Coast boxing debut in a fight with Dominick McCaffrey in Brooklyn
1890 Makes acting debut, in Camille, at San Francisco's Baldwin Theatre
1892 Defeats John L. Sullivan to become heavyweight champion of the world, the first under modern boxing rules
1892 Opens the play Gentleman Jack, commissioned especially for him as its star, in Elizabeth, New Jersey
1894 Successfully defends his title in a bout with Charley Mitchell
1896 Divorces Olive, marries Vera Stanwood
1897 Loses title to Bob Fitzsimmons in a fight that was filmed, creating the first known feature-length film
1898 Corbett's father shoots Corbett's mother to death, kills himself with the same gun
1900 Fights James J. Jeffries in an attempt to regain the heavyweight title, loses in a knockout in the 23rd round
1903 Fights Jeffries again for the championship, loses in 10 rounds
1933 Dies in Bayside, New York, of liver cancer

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