From the archives: Unlikely conflicts

History’s most unlikely conflicts: horses vs. ships, Manuel Noriega vs. The Clash, a jet fighter vs. a New Jersey intermediate school, and that time the Irish invaded Canada.

Battle of Ridgeway
The Sage, Sons & Co. Lithographer [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In 1866 Irish republicans from New York invaded Canada.


Den Helder
Léon Morel-Fatio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In 1795 a fleet of Dutch warships was captured, supposedly by French cavalry.



In 2004 a jet fighter on a training mission accidentally strafed a New Jersey intermediate school.


unknown, United States Air Force [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Manuel Noriega, the CIA-funded dictator of Panama, was driven out of his sanctuary by The Clash’s I Fought the Law.

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