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We Didn't Start the Fire - The Cold War


We Didn't Start The Fire- Billy Joel
First Verse 1949-1952
Second Verse 1953-1956
NEW! Sixth Stanza (1989-2003)
First Verse 1949-1952

Harrey Trumen, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe Dimaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
Northe Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, "The King and I" and "The Catcher in the Rye"
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana Goodbye


Harry Truman


Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States Of America.  He was president in 1945-1952.  This was the beginning of the Cold War.  After V-E day, when Japan wouldn't surrender, President Truman dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.  This made Japan Surrender. 

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Doris Day


Doris Day was born Doris May Von Kappelhoff.  She was an impressive actress that women had envied.  She first wanted to be a dancer, but a car accident stopped that from happening.  So later on she took singing lessions and sang with local bands.  This is when Doris's agent had talked her into doing motion pictures. Throughout her life she had married and divorced several times. 

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Red China


On October 1, 1949, The people's Republic was formally established.  This government was met with peace and not military forces.  It had become a communist society.

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Johnie Ray


Johnnie Ray was a singer in the during the 1950's.  He had only partial hearing from an accident suffered in his youth and he was openly bisexual.

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South Pacific


A 1958 movie, the plot summary is set in 1943 and the United States Navy has established several bases in the Soloman Islands, in preparation for an invasion towards New Guinea and the Central Pacific. On one such island lives a French planter named Emile de Becque, whom the Navy wishes to employ as a scout to nearby Japanese held islands. To accomplish this task, de Becque is approached by a US Navy nurse named Nellie Forbush. Amidst an outstanding musical score, and breathtaking scenary, the drama of "South Pacific" unfolds.

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Walter Winchell


Walter Winchell was a great radio newscaster.  He had one of the highest rated radio programs of his time.  He had become the creator of one of the most talked about rumors back then.  In later times, people could come to find out that part of what he said was indeed fact.

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Joe Dimaggio


Joe Dimaggio was a baseball player who played for the New York Yankees.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame.  He was considered baseball's most graceful athlete.  He had a 56 consecutive-game streak in 1941. 

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Joe McCarthy


Joe McCarthy was a United States state senator and a Repulican from  Wisconsin.  He had made front page of the paper when he had charged that 200 communists infiltarted the Department of State.  His baseless accusations ruined the careers of many lives.

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Richard Nixon


Richard Nixon was the 37th president of the United States.  He ended fighting in Veitnam and he improved relations with the U.S.S.R.  He had also ended the draft.  He resigned on August 8, 1974 while serving his second term.



The Studebaker is a car from as early as 1916.  There are many different types of Studebakers and each type of car was released in series rather than years.

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Television started out way before there where T.V.s;  The motion picture camara was one of the firsts things invented that allowed people to watch moving pictures.  The television allows people all over the world to see the news from different places and to see what is happening right at that moment.

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North Korea


North Korea is called the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It was established in 1948 as the result of the Soviet military occupation.

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South Korea


South Korea is known as the Republic of Korea.  This nation was established in 1948. During the Korean war, South Korea was devistated but rose up from it afterwards.

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Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortensen.    20th century fox gave her a contract and a year later let it lapse. Columbia gave her a six onth contract and starred her in b movies.  She married Joe DiMaggio and is said to have had an affair with JFK.  She commited suicide on August 5, 1962.

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The Rosenbergs worked on the Manahatten projects and undertook espionage work for the Soviet Union. 

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 The h-bomb was the hydrogen bomb that was created during World War 1 and used to bomb two cities in Japan.

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Sugar Ray


Sugar Ray Robinson's career lasted three decades and during he was the welterweight champion of the world and he also held the middle weight champion title five times.

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Panmunjom is a place where North and South Korea made nogtations.  It is also refered to by soldiers as a metaphor.

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Marlo Brando was an actor during the last thirties up into the sixties.  He was married twice and had seven kids.  One who was convicted of murder.  He inovated an acting technique.


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The King and I

The King and I is a musical about a widow who accepts a job as a live-in governess of the King of Siam's children

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Catcher in the Rye


The Catcher in the Rye was written by J.D. Salinger and was his only published novel.  It is narrated by 17 year old Holden Caulfeid who is a rebellious school boy.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of the United States from 1953-1961.

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The polio vaccine was created because it attacked mainly children during the 1940's-1950's.  If polio was caught, the child would suffer greatly from it.

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England's Queen


Born in London in 1926, she was the first child to the Duke and Dutchess of York, later known as King Goerge VI and Queen Elizebeth. 

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Marciano was born on September 1, 1923.  He was worldchampion for  heavy weight boxing.  He was known as the Brockten Brockbuster. 

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Wladziu (Polish for Walter) Valentino Liberace was born in 1919.  He was known for his music and his television debut was made in 1952.

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George Santayana was a philosopher, a poet, and a best-selling novelist.  he wrote in English and is concidered an American Philosopher, he was a Spanish Citizen.

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