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Lincoln and Kennedy Similarities in deaths are undeniable USA
Lincoln and Kennedy What type of gun was used? South Africa
Russo-Finnish War What is the history of the Karelian Peninsula? USA
Lincoln and Kennedy Kennedy and Lincoln in 1951 movie USA
General Was some of Nixon's speech not published? USA
Lincoln and Kennedy Both Vice Presidents died 10 years later Canada
Start the Fire Facts Was U2 the plane or the band? USA
Start the Fire Facts Heavy metal and suicide are separate subjects USA
Start the Fire Facts Correction on Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Russia
Start the Fire Rock and roller cola wars USA

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Similarities in deaths are undeniable

Topic: Lincoln and Kennedy


March 24, 2016

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



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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What type of gun was used?

Topic: Lincoln and Kennedy


January 18, 2016

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



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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What is the history of the Karelian Peninsula?

Topic: Russo-Finnish War


November 23, 2015

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



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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Kennedy and Lincoln in 1951 movie

Topic: Lincoln and Kennedy


August 4, 2015

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



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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Was some of Nixon's speech not published?

Topic: General


July 21, 2015

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



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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Both Vice Presidents died 10 years later

Topic: Lincoln and Kennedy


July 15, 2015

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



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

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Was U2 the plane or the band?

Topic: Start the Fire Facts


March 27, 2015

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.




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

Topic: Start the Fire Facts


January 30, 2015

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




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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Correction on Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Topic: Start the Fire Facts


December 12, 2014

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

Vasily - Russia



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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Rock and roller cola wars

Topic: Start the Fire


September 2, 2014

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:

Katie - USA



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

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