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by Ron Kurtus

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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
 
Heavy metal and suicide are separate subjects Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Correction on Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Start the Fire Facts Russia
 
Rock and roller cola wars Start the Fire USA
 
Correction on space monkeys Start the Fire Facts USA
 

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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)

Answer

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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Heavy metal and suicide are separate subjects

January 30, 2015

Question

According to billy joel's website its "heavy metal, suicide" meaning they're separate topics

- USA (25734)

Answer

Thanks for the feedback.

Several sources--including Wikipedia--do not have the comma. On the other hand, it is true that Billy Joel's website and several others include the comma.

I added the comma and updated the information on the We Didn't Start the Fire - Facts page.

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Start the Fire Facts

Correction on Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

December 12, 2014

Question

Sorry, but i find mistake-
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev - 23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953)[1] was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.
Prokofiev was born in 1891[n 2] in Sontsovka (now Krasne, Krasnoarmiisk Raion, Donetsk Oblast, eastern Ukraine), a remote rural estate in the Yekaterinoslav Governorate of the Russian Empire. His father Sergei Alexeyevich Prokofiev, originally from Moscow, was an agronomist. Prokofiev's mother, Maria (née Zhitkova), came from a family of former serfs who had been owned by the Sheremetev family, under whose patronage serf-children were taught theatre and arts from an early age

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Prokofiev

Vasily - Russia (25639)

Answer

Thank you for pointing out my error. I corrected the material on Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, especially stating that he was Russian.

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Start the Fire

Rock and roller cola wars

September 2, 2014

Question

In response 23817 in reader feedback for "We Didn't Start the Fire", Katie (not me) states her opinion that Rock and Roller cola wars refers to the problems in Hollywood with cocaine. First, I would point out that crack (cocaine) is referenced earlier in the song. Second, I would refer her to Billy Joels interview at Oxford in 1994 available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx3T8pbDcms.

Katie - USA (25332)

Answer

Thanks for the information. Your view is probably the correct one.

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Start the Fire Facts

Correction on space monkeys

June 2, 2014

Question

Surely the space monkey reference would have been to Miss Able and Miss Baker, who launched in 1959?

Connie - USA (25019)

Answer

Thanks for pointing that out to me. Able and Miss Baker were the first monkeys to successfully return from a space flight. I added the information for 1959 in We Didn't Start the Fire (Facts).

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