5 Real Drinking Fights

5 Real Drinking Fights

People consume alcohol, since the earliest civilizations. It is already so ingrained in society that it is difficult to imagine what life would be like without drinking. Although people know that this is just a drink, they do not realize how important it is for them - until someone tries to take it away.

5. Beer riot

In 1855, Dr. Levi Boon became the mayor of Chicago. He blamed Irish Catholic immigrants for destroying the city because they opened a lot of pubs. During the speech, he reached the point that he called them "depraved and useless drunkards." In fact, Irish immigrants worked 6 days a week and more than 12 hours a day engaged in manual labor. Since Sunday was their only day off, on that day they spent time with their family, and had fun and rested. In the morning they walked with their wives and children, and at the end of the day they drank with their friends in pubs. Of the 675 bars in Chicago, 625 belonged to immigrants.

Mayor Boone issued a new law, according to which in Chicago on Sundays all the bars should have been closed.He also increased the cost of a license to trade in alcohol from 50 to 300 dollars. Translated into modern money is equivalent to several thousand dollars. It was too expensive for most small business owners. More than 200 owners of taverns in the city decided to break the law and continued to work on Sunday.

The Irish were sitting with loaded rifles at the entrances to these bars and waited for the Chicago police to try to close them. After several weeks of protecting their pubs from the police, thousands of Irish immigrants came to the city hall with loaded guns to meet with the mayor. This caused a fight, and one of the protesters was killed during a fight with the police. But even after all this, Boone refused to change his policy.

Despite the fact that the Irish lost the battle, they eventually won the war. Up to this point, the majority of Irish immigrants never voted in local elections, despite the fact that they constituted about half of the Chicago population. The following year, millions of new people took part in the vote. Boone was removed from office, and all his decisions were rescinded.

4. Pogrom on Holy Scholastic Day

In the 14th century, the university began to gain strength in Oxford’s politics and business, with the indigenous townspeople increasingly being squeezed out of all areas. The townspeople began to secretly hate professors, students and the administration. Since the students at Oxford were usually representatives of the families of the upper classes, they treated the townspeople with contempt. This mutual intolerance eventually led to a skirmish in the pub on February 10, 1355.

On this fateful day, two Oxford students drank beer at Swindlestock’s tavern. The beer seemed awful to them, and they expressed it to the owner. Since the complaint came from two students from Oxford, and none of the citizens had ever complained, the owner took it as a personal insult. He began to scream and curse the students. In response, they splashed beer in the face of the owner of the tavern. He rushed at them, and the young people fled to the campus.

This scandal has become a pretext to throw out mutual anger. A crowd of citizens went to the campus, armed with all available weapons. The townspeople shot at the students from the bows and burned their textbooks. The students also armed themselves with swords and armor on their campuses. The battle lasted three days.Dozens of students and citizens were killed, but in the end it did not solve any of the problems. Unfortunately, historians could not determine whether beer was really bad.

3. Beer War in Wroclaw

Back again in the 14th century, this time in Poland. In the basement of the Wrocław Town Hall there was a brewery and a pub, which the locals called the “Rat” because ... well, as you probably guessed, a lot of these furry animals lived there. For years, this was the only place where citizens could buy a drink. The city council used this beyond measure and even imposed an additional tax on beer.

Meanwhile, in the nearby monastery on Cathedral Island, the monks also mastered the art of brewing. In 1380, after the end of the service, they began selling their beer to citizens. Beer from the monks was cheaper and better than what they brewed and served in the "Rat". And it was very convenient for the parishioners, who at the end of the service turned out to be near the pub. The architecture and atmosphere of the Cathedral Island also attracted to itself, so it is not surprising that people began to spend their Sundays there instead of going to the basement with rats.

Of course, the city council was indignant.The monks did not just destroy someone's business, the city lost a huge amount of taxes. The city council insisted that only he had the right to sell beer to the people of Wroclaw. The bishop replied that this was not the case, because the laws of the city on the island do not apply.

So the war began. In any case, the trade war. When the monks needed something, it was first delivered to Wroclaw, and then transported to the island. The city council did everything in its power to ruin the life of the monks. The last straw was the case when Prince Legnitsky sent a Christmas present to the monks in the form of several barrels of the best beer in the country. The city council confiscated this Christmas present and drank it all himself. Then they laughed in the face of the monks.

The monks responded by excommunicating members of the council and sentencing their souls to eternal damnation. In the end, the bishop decided that if the monastery could not get its supplies from the city, then the citizens of the city did not deserve a connection with God. They stopped performing services on Sundays and locked the doors of the church. Some of the religious citizens were genuinely afraid that without visiting the church they were destined to burn in hell.Therefore, they turned to the Pope, and in 1382 the King of Poland sent soldiers to force the monks to reopen the church.

2. The Rum Riot in Portland

In 1851, Maine became the first state to introduce a ban on alcohol. The mayor of Portland, Neil Doe, said that it was no longer possible to sell alcohol in the city. For some reason, the mayor believed that the ban could contribute to the termination of the slave trade. Sugar cane plantations in the Caribbean were processed by slaves, and a large amount of sugar was used to make alcohol. Dow believed that if Americans stopped drinking alcohol, it would reduce the demand for slaves, and they would be freed.

Of course, his impulse was noble, but it was hardly possible to get rid of slavery in such a simple way. However, the people of Portland were ready to try. Instead of buying ready-made bottles of spirits, they started making apple cider and sold this homemade drink to their neighbors in cozy “kitchen bars”.

However, the law applied to all types of alcohol. After a few years, doctors and pharmacists had nothing to disinfect their wounds and sterilize their surgical instruments, so the Dow created a loophole in the law, allowing medical use of alcohol in the city.He understood that if this alcohol was sold freely, citizens would try to buy it to drink. The mayor considered that the distribution must be controlled and for this purpose it is necessary to lock all alcohol in a separate large storage. To bring this plan into action, he bought $ 1600 alcohol for taxpayers' money. In 1855, the bottles were delivered directly to the city hall. At that time, this amount could be purchased such a stock of liquor, which should have been enough for several years.

When local people found out about this delivery, they were outraged. Many decided that the mayor bought drinks for his own pleasure. More than 200 people surrounded the city hall, people began to shout, resent, and call the mayor a hypocrite. They even appealed to the judge for a search warrant, accusing the mayor of committing a crime. The judge refused to allow people to enter the city hall. The crowd grew to more than 2,000 angry men who threw stones at the windows and tried to break the door. At this point, the mayor called for his defense his private police.

During the fight, 22-year-old John Robbins made it to the liquor store, but as soon as he tried to open the door, he was riddled with bullets. Seven more people received serious bullet wounds.People demanded that Dow be put in prison for violating his own law, but the judge, having understood the case, found Dow innocent. However, in the next election, the Dow lost, citizens voted for the one who again allowed to sell alcohol.

1. Beer riots in Brisbane

A very large military base is located in Brisbane, Australia. During World War II, there were thousands of soldiers on it, awaiting dispatch to the front. With so many young recruits at the base did not stop drinking. In the evenings after class, the soldiers walked around, drank all night and flirted with local girls. Bars and hotels sold alcohol until 11 o'clock in the evening, as a result, in the evenings the streets were full of drunk people. It was a nightmare for those who had to get up early for work, the noise kept the local people awake even after midnight. To solve this problem, the local government issued a new rule, according to which bars should stop selling alcohol at 8 pm and not work on Sundays. The soldiers decided to ignore the new law and continued their booze as much as they wanted.

Since everyone ignored the new rules, the city council decided to show force. On October 26, 1940, the police were ordered to walk around the bars and hotels on Queen Street. It was Friday evening, so at 8 o'clock in the evening, when the police appeared and announced to everyone that it was time to leave, many soldiers only venerated their first circle.

The soldiers blocked the street, not allowing cars and carts to pass, and engaged in fist fights with the police. Cinema visitors started to go out because the fight was much more interesting than any movie. There were journalists and photographers, but they were quickly pushed aside by the crowd. The soldiers broke the cameras of the journalists, so that there would be no photographs of the one who participated in the fight. The crowd took advantage of the chaos to break into the Grand Central Hotel. She smashed the windows and pulled away the kegs of beer. The fight continued until 12:30, after which the world was finally restored - presumably due to the fact that at the sight of the soldiers riding on a giant keg of beer down the street and drinking the song "Roll a barrel", everyone started laugh.

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