"We Didn't Start The Fire"

  • Harry Truman

    Harry Truman
    Harry Truman was inaugurated as U.S. president after being elected in 1948 to his own term; previously he was sworn in following the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He authorized the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during World War II, on August 6 and August 9, 1945, respectively
  • The King and I

    The King and I
    The King and I, musical, opens on Broadway on March 29
  • Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon
    Richard Nixon is first elected to be presedent of the united states
  • Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley
    Elvis Presley signs with RCA Records on November 21, beginning his pop career
  • Buddy Holly dies

    Buddy Holly dies
    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."
  • Birth control

    Birth control
    In the early 1960s, oral contraceptives, popularly known as "the pill", first go on the market and are extremely popular
  • Space Monkey

    Space Monkey
    Space Monkey: Able and Miss Baker return to Earth from space aboard the flight Jupiter AM-18
  • Woodstock

    Woodstock: Famous rock and roll festival of 1969 that came to be the epitome of the counterculture movement.
  • Iraninan revolution

    Iraninan revolution
    Ayatollah's in Iran: During the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the West-backed and secular Shah is overthrown as the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini gains power after years in exile and forces Islamic law
  • China's under martial law

    China's under martial law
    China's under martial law: On May 20, China declares martial law, enabling them to use force of arms against protesting students to end the Tiananmen Square protests.