Thomas Reed Vs. Henry Clay
Winston Churchill Vs. Lady Astor
NY Mayor Ed Koch Vs. Andrew Kirtzman
After the reporter insisted on pressing a point about an inconsistent statement Koch had made.
Groucho Marx Vs. A Contestant on “You Bet Your Life”
After the contestant revealed that he was a father of 10.
Abraham Lincoln Vs. Stephen Douglas
After Douglas called him “two-faced” during a debate.
Calvin Coolidge Vs. An Opera Singer
Pierre Trudeau Vs. Richard Nixon
Upon hearing that Nixon had called him an a--hole.
Oscar Wilde Vs. Lewis Morris
Morris had just been passed over for the Poet Laureateship.
Mohandas Gandhi Vs. Western Civilization
Miriam Hopkins Vs. An Anonymous Singer
James McNeill Whistler Vs. Oscar Wilde
After Whistler had made a particularly witty observation
Senator Fritz Hollings Vs. Henry McMastor
When challenged by his Republican opponent during a televised debate to take a drug test.
Bill Clinton Vs. Dan Quayle
After Quayle revealed that he planned to be “a pit bull” in the 1992
campaign against Clinton and Gore.
Niels Bohr Vs. A Reporter
Reverend Edward Everett Hale Vs. The U.S. Senate
When asked if he prayed for the Senators.
Edna Ferber Vs. Noel Coward.
Coward was remarking upon the fact that Ferber was wearing a tailored suit.
Henry Clay Vs. Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster
After seeing a pack of mules walk by.
Winston Churchill Vs. a Member Of Parliament
Alcibiades Vs. Pericles
Calvin Coolidge Vs. Some Random Lady At A White House Dinner
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Vs. An Admirer