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Top 10 Outrageous Fights That Rocked the Holiday Season

By Thao Pham Mar 22, 2024

10 Jack Johnson Defeats Tommy Burns in Boxing Match

Johnny Burns vs. Jack Johnson

It was no minor feat for Tommy Burns to defend his title against twelve guys before the historic match. But on the Australian day after Christmas in 1908, Jack Johnson triumphed over his Canadian rival. But not before provoking him and giving him a few free shots to prove there was no fear by teasing him. Jack was dead serious. Racist sentiments were high (for the time) and the teasing that followed Johnson’s decisive victory led to widespread disorder; the police intervened and the programme was subsequently cancelled.

Jackie Johnson made history that day when he became the first black heavyweight champion. Subsequently, in an effort to depose him, he was subjected to an unending barrage of white boxers. Unfortunately, Johnson did nothing but cause destruction. Those who are familiar with Johnson’s antics will always remember Boxing Day, even though the event has nothing to do with the sport of boxing.[1]

9 Russian Forces Invade Afghanistan

Christmas is not celebrated in Afghanistan because the country is mostly Islamic. But the Russians do. Think about it: after stuffing yourself silly with carbs, you’re suddenly faced with the daunting task of invading a Middle Eastern country. An estimated one million civilians lost their lives in the civil war that broke out after the Soviet Union poured in about 30,000 troops on the eve of Christmas 1979, overthrew the reigning government, and installed a president named Babrak Karmal who was favourable to the Soviets.

The Soviet Union fought the U.S.-backed mujahideen for nearly a decade before an agreement was reached with Pakistan, the US, and Afghanistan; in the end, their mission failed. Along with disrupting Valentine’s Day, the Soviet retreat was concluded on February 15, 1989.[2]

8 Ship Leopoldville, a Belgian, Torpedoed

A Christmas 1944 Exhibit Showcase: The Leopoldville’s Sinking

Originally constructed in 1929 as a steam passenger ship for Belgians, the Leopoldville was repurposed by the Ministry of War Transport during WWII to transport troops to fight. A German U-Boat fired two torpedoes, ultimately ending the voyage in an explosive groan, while the ship was en route to reinforce troops engaged in combat during the notorious Battle of the Bulge (more on this later).

There were 139 men working as a crew and 2,235 officers and soldiers from the United States 66th Infantry Division on board when the bombs went off. They were being transported to the impending conflict. The HMS Brilliant, a British destroyer escort, made an effort to rescue the survivors who were trapped. Unfortunately, the rescue efforts were hindered by the unpredictable current. There were 763 American soldiers that died at sea along with the captain and 55 crew men.the third

7 The Bulge Campaign

Greatest Tank Battles | War Stories | Ardennes: Hitler’s Last Western Gamble

A white Christmas is a wish fulfilled for many, particularly those living in the southern hemisphere. Whispers of white-decked trees, the crackle of fireplaces in living rooms, and mugs of hot chocolate for tummy-tums. The Battle of the Bulge was a different story. The last Blitzkrieg of World War II was launched by Hitler on December 16, 1944. Three German armies, totaling hundreds of thousands of soldiers, launched a massive offensive through the Ardennes Forest of Luxembourg in an effort to seize Bastogne and advance on Antwerp, Belgium.

General George S. Patton Jr.’s third army rushed to the aid of the besieged on the day after Christmas, breaking through the German lines with tank units in what would turn out to be one of the war’s single bloodiest clashes.[4]

6 Eggnog Fiesta

Laugh Out Loud: The Time West Point Cadets Stood Up Over Eggnog

We briefly discussed this before, but an excess of eggnog can ruin even the nicest social encounters. That was precisely what transpired during the Great Eggnog Riot, but it was far less entertaining in reality. In 1826, the 260 cadets at West Point were rejected by the higher-ups because of their reputation for excessive drinking. Adding alcohol to the customary Christmas Eve eggnog had been decided upon at the executive level. After the cadets spiked the nog on their own, there was heavy drinking, rioting, vandalism, and an attack on a higher-ranking officer.

Up to ninety cadets out of 206 might have faced charges. Nevertheless, 19 of the most violent offenders were identified and removed due to the negative impact on the academy’s reputation. Those who appeared to have escaped the night largely unharmed included future general Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, who would go on to become president of the Confederate States.[5]

5 Day Christmas Raid

William H. Morgan (1825–1864)

When the railroads changed the tide of the battle, General John Hunt Morgan was given the mission to attack and destroy strategic nodes in the Union army’s supply lines. Although it occurred in the last days of December, after Christmas, Morgan led his cavalry on a raid into Kentucky in what is now referred to as the Christmas Raid.

Union supply convoys carrying food, forage, and supplies from Louisville were devastated by the raiding horsemen. Crucial trestles, or bridges, were also destroyed. The army suffered tremendous casualties in a series of conflicts that ensued. As Morgan returned to Tennessee with his command, the task was soon completed.[6]

4 Over the Delaware River, Washington Makes His Way

On the Ten Days That Shake the World, Washington Crosses the Delaware, 1 hour

Christmas Day, 1776 was the site of a much-heralded event in the American Revolution. Washington sent his army of about 5,400 men to surprise the Hessian force during their joyous celebrations after they had lost New York City and other important locations in the area due to heavy losses sustained over several months. With the help of expert mariners, heavy artillery, horses, and the frigid waters, around 2,400 troops were able to cross the river. Not all of the 3,000 soldiers and vital weaponry made it to the rendezvous spot in time.

On the morning of December 26, at 8 o’clock in the morning, Washington’s forces swiftly overran the bedraggled Hessian defenders, who had failed to anticipate the patriot danger. Washington paid a heavy price when their artillery failed to show up, and they were ultimately compelled to pull back. But word of the triumph went fast, and the American colonists’ spirits were lifted.[7]

3 The Scharnhorst Sink

The loss of the Scharnhorst and HMS Belfast in the North Cape Battle

Throughout World War II, the Scharnhorst—one of the most feared and revered ships in the German fleet—had been wreaking havoc on the high seas. The HMS Belfast learned in 1943 that it had been sent from a Norwegian station to intercept a convoy returning to Britain.

Several ships in the convoy, including the Sheffield, the Scorpion, the Norfolk, and the Duke of York, engaged in a fierce combat that could have been scripted by Christopher Nolan. As a result, the Scharnhorst was forced to leave in terror. Gunfire erupted in a frantic pursuit, with several ships coming dangerously close to sinking the Scharnhorst, but the HMS Belfast ultimately dealt the fatal blow. Out of 55 torpedoes that were launched, only 11 were successful, and out of 1,968 men on board, only 36 managed to live.[8]

2 The Ethiopian Invasion by Italy

With what reason did Italy invade Ethiopia in 1935?

On Christmas Day, 1935, an Ethiopian army of almost 200,000 soldiers launched a counteroffensive, further complicating Mussolini’s already disastrous war in Ethiopia. The counteroffensive, which was dubbed the “Harvest of Gold” by knowledgeable circles, was the result of Mussolini’s appeal to his fellow citizens to gather war funds as a promise to his fascist regime. This period of the war was known as the “Black Period” by those in the know. Wedding bands and other costly personal effects were donated by the public. As a symbol of their dedication to the cause, they were presented with steel rigs in lieu of gold jewellery.

Although the counter-offensive had some early success, any hope of triumph was eventually dashed by the unlawful deployment of chemical weapons and the superior Italian weaponry.[9]

1 Takanakuy

The Andean Art of Takanakuy

Takanakuy means “when the blood is boiling” or “to hit each other” in Quechua, the principal language of this area of Peru. Simply said, this is a yearly event that takes place on Christmas Day where individuals of all ages and both sexes gather to fight, or at least watch as others settle scores physically.

The main objective of the gathering is to help those who do not have access to legal representation or other forms of conflict resolution resolve their issues in a public setting so that the new year can begin without violence. Like any Christmas quarrel, this one begins and concludes with a hug. In addition to the hitting, the Peruvian ritual includes a festival of revelry, inebriation, and religiosity that dates back to colonial times.

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