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South pacific

  • South Pacific

    South Pacific
  • The king and I

    The king and I
    [Click here for more information.](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_and_I\)The King and I, musical, opens on Broadway
  • Santayana goodbye

    Santayana goodbye
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    George Santayana, philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist, dies
  • Sergei Prokofiev

     Sergei Prokofiev
    click here for more information.Sergei Prokofiev, the composer, dies on March 5, the same day as Stalin.
  • Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley
    Click here for more information.Elvis Presley signs with RCA Records on November 21, beginning his pop career.
  • Trouble in the Suez

    Trouble in the Suez
    Click here for more information.Trouble in the Suez: The Suez Crisis boils as Egypt nationalizes the Suez Canal on October 29
  • Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly
    Click here for more information.Buddy Holly dies in a plane crash on February 3 with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, in a day that had a devastating impact on the country and youth culture. Joel prefaces the lyric with a Holly signature vocal hiccup: "Uh-huh, uh-huh."
  • Berlin

    Berlin
    Click here for more information.Berlin is separated into West Berlin and East Berlin, and from the rest of East Germany, when the Berlin Wall is erected on August 13 to prevent citizens escaping to the West.
  • JFK blown away

    JFK blown away
    CLick here for more information.President John F. Kennedy is assassinated on November 22 while riding in an open convertible through Dallas.
  • Ho Chi Minh

    Ho Chi Minh
    CLick here for more information. A Vietnamese communist, who served as President of Vietnam from 1954–1969. March 2 Operation Rolling Thunder begins bombing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail supply line from North Vietnam to the Vietcong rebels in the south. On March 8, the first U.S. combat troops, 3,500 marines, land in South Vietnam.