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    We didnt start the fire

  • Harry Truman

    Harry Truman
    click here to learn more is 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.
  • Marilyn Monroe

    Marilyn Monroe
    click here to learn more: Marilyn Monroe soars in popularity with five new movies, including The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve, and attempts suicide after the death of friend Johnny Hyde who asked to marry her several times, but she refused respectfully. Monroe would later (1954) be married for a brief time to Joe DiMaggio (mentioned in the previous verse).
  • Disneyland

    click here to learn more Disneyland opens on July 17 as Walt Disney's first theme park.
  • California gets baseball teams

    California gets baseball teams
  • Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly
    click here to learn more 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."
  • Psycho

    click here watchAn Alfred Hitchcock thriller, based on a pulp novel by Robert Bloch and adapted by Joseph Stefano, which becomes a landmark in graphic violence and cinema sensationalism. The screeching violins heard briefly in the background of the song are a trademark of the film's soundtrack.
  • Ole' Miss

    Ole' Miss
    click here to learn more James Meredith integrates the University of Mississippi
  • JFK blown away

    JFK blown away
  • Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan
  • Rock-and-roller cola wars

    Rock-and-roller cola wars
    click here to learn more Rock-and-roller cola wars