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We Didn't Start the Fire - The Cold War

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

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, and Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanni, dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, "Rock Around the Clock"
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev
Princess Grace, "Peyton Place", trouble in the Suez

1953

Joseph Stalin - Communist Leader of Russia that ruled with an iron fist.  Was the main author of the Cold War after World War II.  Died on March 5, 1953.

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Malenkov, Georgi Maksimilianovich - After the death of Stalin in 1953, Malenkov, became the Prime Minister of Russia until 1955.

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Nasser - Gamal Abdel Nasser became the Egyptian President in 1953 and remained in office until 1970.  Nasser brought with him socialist ideals which rescued many Egyptians from poverty and helped influence Arab Nationalism.

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Prokofiev, Sergei - Famous Russian composer of many great works including Peter and the Wolf.  Prokofiev died on March 5, 1953, the same day as Stalin. 

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Campanella - Roy Campanella was the first black Major League Baseball catcher.  He had the greatest number of RBI's and was MVP in 1953.

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Communist Bloc - this was the list of countries that were considered to be the "enemies" during the Cold War.

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1954

Roy Cohn - During New York Senator Joe McArthy's "Witch Trials", Roy Cohn was the prosecutor of the suspected communists. 

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Juan Peron - President of Argentina from 1946 to 1955.  His government was overthrown in 1955.

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Toscanini - Arturo Toscanini was a great Orchestra Constructor that performed in New York and in Italy.  In 1954 he retired from being a constructor.

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Dacron - The material that is the begining of polyester clothing is developed.

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Dien Bien Phu Falls - This was an area in Viet Nam that the French used as a spot to set up a fortress.  The fort was defeated in 1954.

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"Rock Around the Clock" - Hit song sang by Billy Haley and the Comets.

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1955

Einstein - The great mathametician and physicist Albert Einstein died on April 18, 1955.

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James Dean - An actor with growing popularity amongst teens throughout 1955.  Unfortunately he died in a car accident on September 30, 1955 before his career could really take off.

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Brooklyn's got a winning team - In the 1955 Baseball World Series, the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the New York Yankees, 4 games to 3.

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Davy Crockett - A Disney feature starring Fess Parker made famous the "coon skin caps"  that were all the rage in the 50's.

Peter Pan - The Walt Disney animated movie, Peter Pan, is released to theatres.

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Elvis Presley - A Rock n' Roll singer that became quite popular in 1955.  He soon became known as the "King" of Rock n' Roll.

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Disneyland - The first amusement park to be created by Walt Disney is opened in California.

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1956

Bardot - French actress and sex symbol.

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Budapest - Hungary attempts to convert to a Democracy but fails.  The government in power at the time foiled the attempt.

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Alabama - In Alabama in 1956, The Civil Rights Movement began as blacks protested against discrimination.

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Krushchev - Russian Premier responsible for the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1956.

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Princess Grace - In 1956 the actress, Grace Kelly, married Prince Rainier of Monaco.  Grace Kelly was from then on known as Princess Grace.

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Peyton Place - A soap opera that aired during the night time in 1956

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Trouble in the Suez - Due to disputes over passage ways through Suez Canal, war erupts between Egypt and Israel.  Great Britain and France aid Israel in gaining control over the Sinai Penninsula.

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