PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County officials have declared May 17 as Bruno Sammartino day.

The famed wrestler won his first WWE Championship title on the same day 50 years ago, in 1963.

Sammartino was also recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame after declining multiple offers for many years.

“It is a great privilege to honor Bruno Sammartino today. He has been an inspiration to so many people in our region and across the world who have looked up to him,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in a statement. “We are truly blessed that he calls Allegheny County home. This is just one small way that we can recognize the contributions that he has made to our county as wrestling’s ‘Living Legend.'”

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