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Need to add T. E. Lawrence Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Many still refer to cops as pigs When Cops were Pigs USA
 
Kennedy half dollars Communist US Coins USA
 
Interested in conspiracy theories Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
Wore a PIG pin When Cops were Pigs USA
 
Correction on Rosa Parks Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Citing web page in Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Mickey Mantle Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Similarities in deaths are undeniable Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
What type of gun was used? Lincoln and Kennedy South Africa
 
What is the history of the Karelian Peninsula? Russo-Finnish War USA
 
Kennedy and Lincoln in 1951 movie Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
Was some of Nixon's speech not published? General USA
 
Both Vice Presidents died 10 years later Lincoln and Kennedy Canada
 
Was U2 the plane or the band? Start the Fire Facts USA
 

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Start the Fire Facts

Need to add T. E. Lawrence

May 19, 2017

Question

yeah so I'm scrolling down the list and see that for "Laurence of Arabia" you put down the movie and not the actual person himself, "T.E. Laurence".

Ricardo - USA (28052)

Answer

Thanks for the input. I updated the part on Lawrence of Arabia to include some facts about T. E. Lawrence.

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When Cops were Pigs

Many still refer to cops as pigs

May 15, 2017

Question

just a comment: I and many people I know still refer to the police as 'pigs'....

campbell - USA (28047)

Answer

At one time "cops" was a derogatory term for police. Now, that term is accepted and I guess it has changed to "pigs".

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Communist US Coins

Kennedy half dollars

May 7, 2017

Question

Do all the Kennedy half dollar have the mark on the collar or is it a rare coin

Debra - USA (28039)

Answer

I haven't seen many Kennedy half-dollars recently, but I don't think they changed the design. It also seems that only the half-dollars and the dimes have the artist's mark on them. Some pennies have a "D" on the front, but that indicates the coin was minted in Denver.

The ideas that the Kennedy half-dollar and the Roosevelt dime have Communist insignia seems to be a silly myth.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Interested in conspiracy theories

February 7, 2017

Question

I am very interested in conspiracy theories. I believe that there is something more to the assassinations of JFK and Lincoln. If you would like to discuss more with me I'm available and if you have any more similarity's I'd be delighted to hear them. Thanks.

Anna - USA (27864)

Answer

Conspiracy theories about both assassinations are interesting.

Apparently John Wilkes Booth recruited a gang of conspirators to kidnap Lincoln. He had recruited Michael O'Laughlen, Samuel Arnold, Lewis Powell (alias Paine or Payne), John Surratt, David Herold, and George Atzerodt. On March 15th Booth met with the entire group at Gautier's Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue about three blocks from Ford's Theatre to discuss Lincoln's abduction. Apparently, things didn't work out, so he assassinated Lincoln instead. See John Wilkes Booth Biography.

The life of Lee Harvey Oswald was very strange and included such events as joining the Marines, moving to Russia, then coming back to the U.S., promoting Castro, and then killing Kennedy. Some conspiracy theories say that he couldn't done all this without help--perhaps from the CIA.

Best wishes for success in your studies.

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When Cops were Pigs

Wore a PIG pin

January 17, 2017

Question

i was a police officer during this time for the city of Kankakee which was a racist dept and we were issued a tie pin with a pig in the middle and words around it said "Pride Integrity Guts. I still have that pin.what happened during my time there you would not believe.

dennis - USA (27811)

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Thanks for sharing your experience. It was good that the police forces turned what was supposed to be an insult into a positive statement.

I see that some of the recent demonstrators have been calling the police "pigs" again. They could stifle that by wearing pins like you had back then.

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Start the Fire Facts

Correction on Rosa Parks

January 2, 2017

Question

Rosa Parks did not sit in the white section. Whenever there were not any seats left in the white section, African Americans had to give up the seats in their section of the bus. She refused to move from the seat assigned to African Americans...not the seat assigned to white people. Please check and correct this. Thank you.

Tabitha - USA (27778)

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Thanks for setting the record straight. I corrected the material at Start the Fire Facts - 1956 - Alabama.

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Start the Fire Facts

Citing web page in Modern Language Association (MLA) Style

November 8, 2016

Question

How would I cite this in MLA for an Analysis I am writing on this song? thank you so much!

Ray - USA (27479)

Answer

The book "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers" states:

Web Page Citation:

Author name (if available). Title of work (italicized if the work is independent; in roman type and quotation marks if part of a larger work). Title of Web Site. Version used. Publisher (if available, if none, use N.p.), date of publication as available - if note use n.d., medium of publication - Web, date of access - day, month, year.

Thus, your could state the citation something like:
Ron Kurtus
"We Didn't Start the Fire" (Facts) History Summary from 1949-1989
http://www.school-for-champions.com/history/start_fire_facts.htm
School for Champions - History
20 June 2016

I hope that helps. Best wishes on your analysis

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Start the Fire Facts

Mickey Mantle

May 29, 2016

Question

1957. Mickey Mantle was MVP for 2nd consecutive year

Joseph - USA (27036)

Answer

Thanks for the info. I updated the page to include this fact about Mantle.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Similarities in deaths are undeniable

March 24, 2016

Question

These similarities are undeniable. This is very interesting but my question is: What do these similarities mean?? It's awesome that these events correspond with each other but why does it matter that they do? what would this mean for America?

Breanna - USA (26883)

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The similarities between the deaths of Lincoln and Kennedy certainly are interesting and even amazing, Some people read into the similarities that Kennedy was some sort of reincarnation of Lincoln. Others feel that if you compare the deaths of any two famous people, you can find a number of similarities.

I don't think much can be determined by these coincidences, except that they are simply interesting facts of history. It doesn't really change anything for America.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

What type of gun was used?

January 18, 2016

Question

Hi
I have recently watch a documentary on this matter. What caliber firearm was used on both these presidents and what time of the day or night did this happen. Is there any street name similarities.

Kiri - South Africa (26704)

Answer

Lincoln was killed with a handgun, while Kennedy was shot with a sniper rifle.

Lincoln was watching a play at night, while Kennedy was in a car during the day.

Lincoln was in the Ford Theater, while Kennedy was riding in a Lincoln automobile, made by Ford.

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Russo-Finnish War

What is the history of the Karelian Peninsula?

November 23, 2015

Question

What is the postwar history of national control of Karelian Peninsula since the end of the war and the dissolution of the Soviet Union?

What language is dominant?

William - USA (26559)

Answer

In 1991, Russian president Boris Yeltsin offered to sell Karelian Peninsula to Finland, but the offer was declined because the price was too high ($15 billion).

There is only moderate interest in Finland to get the area back. Many Finns left the area after the Soviets took over. Although Finn is still spoken in some areas, the peninsula is mostly inhabited by people who moved there from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and their descendants.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Kennedy and Lincoln in 1951 movie

August 4, 2015

Question

In 1951 there was a movie made called "The Tall Target" about Lincoln traveling from New York to Washington for his inauguration and the character traveling with him to help thwart his assissination was named John Kennedy.

Thomas - USA (26257)

Answer

Thanks for bringing that up. There actually was a police officer named John Kennedy who discovered the "Baltimore Plot" to kill Lincoln. Another strange coincidence.

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General

Was some of Nixon's speech not published?

July 21, 2015

Question

Maybe I am stupid, but I cannot understand why half of Nixon's resignation speech, where he criticized the other party and the government, was not published. Cannot anyone else take any criticism? He said he just did that to try to change highest level crimes shrouded in secrecy.

Barbara - USA (26183)

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I've looked at Nixon's resignation speech from several sources and didn't see anything about criticizing the other party or the government. In fact, I don't believe the news media would omit such statements, considering their views toward him at that time.

Where did you see that half of Nixon's speech was omitted?

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Both Vice Presidents died 10 years later

July 15, 2015

Question

Both of their Vice Presidents...Lyndon Johnson and Andrew Johnson died 10 years after their Presidents did...Lyndon Johnson 1n 1973 and Andrew Johnson in 1875.

Brian - Canada (26175)

Answer

Thanks for the information. I added the material to Similarities Between the Assassinations of Kennedy and Lincoln.

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Start the Fire Facts

Was U2 the plane or the band?

March 27, 2015

Question

in the U2 thing, I do believe he was speaking of the band U2, not the U2 spy planes. However, I'm a younger reader of your site, so I may be wrong.

- USA (25869)

Answer

Billy Joel mentioned U2 as something in 1960. That is the year the spy plane was shot done.

The band U2 started in 1976, but they really didn't get popular until the mid-1980s.

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