December 8, 1980

Christ you know it ain’t easy,
You know it’s hard it can be,
The way things are going,
They’re going to crucify me.

The Ballad of John and Yoko 
The Beatles
John Lennon & Paul McCartney (1969)

John Lennon was an English musician who gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, for his subsequent solo career, and for his political activism and pacifism. On the evening of Monday, December 8, 1980, Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in the archway of the Dakota, his residence in New York City. Lennon had just returned from Record Plant Studio with his wife, Yoko Ono. After sustaining four major gunshot wounds, Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital. Shortly after local news stations reported Lennon’s death, crowds gathered at Roosevelt Hospital and in front of the Dakota.

Central Park- Strawberry Fields (The Dakota residence in the background)

Lennon was cremated and his ashes were given to Ono, who chose not to hold a funeral for him.  Chapman pleaded guilty to the murder of Lennon and was sentenced to 20-years-to-life imprisonment. He has remained in prison ever since, having been denied parole ten times amidst campaigns against his release after he became eligible in 2000.

The Imagine Peace Tower, Iceland



Johnny Halliday’s Boxing Ballet

French pop singer Johnny Halliday’s boxing ballet, Paris, France, December 5, 1969

Johnny Halliday



Halliday entering stage dressed as boxer and getting into ring. He has boxing match with a boxer (not real boxing – staged fighting). Despite obviously not hitting each other Halliday ends up with blood all over his face (fake blood). Halliday is (of course) victorious.




Mago Septien narrating boxing for the Mexican Cinema

Muere Pedro 'El Mago' Septién a los 97 años - El Vigía

Pedro ‘Mago’ Septién

Mexican Pedro ‘Mago’ Septién was recognized for his wisdom in baseball and shared his passion for storytelling with the sport of fists. Mago’ Septién was part of the Mexican cinema appearing in a total of eleven films, of which two dealt with the sport of boxing. Continue reading

World AIDS Day 2018

World AIDS Day is recognized on December 1 every year since 1988, It is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control. It is estimated that since 2017, AIDS has killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide, and an estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Thanks to improved access to antiretroviral treatment in many regions of the world, the death rate from AIDS epidemic has decreased since its peak in 2005 (1 million in 2016, compared to 1.9 million in 2005).

Chivarreto: Looks a lot like boxing, but not boxing

Chivarreto boxing or Boxeo a puno limpio, is a type of boxing that is practiced in the Chivarreto villa in San Francisco El Alto, Totonicapan, Guatemala. It is a popular activity in town and there is an annual tournament, held during Semana Santa every year, with fights held on Good Friday. The tournaments began as a punishment for criminals who had to fight it out amongst themselves. Since the early 1900, it has become a contest in which anyone can participate, and winners receive trophies.

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