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by Ron Kurtus

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When Cops were Pigs Wore a PIG pin USA
 
Start the Fire Facts Correction on Rosa Parks USA
 
Start the Fire Facts Citing web page in Modern Language Association (MLA) Style USA
 
Start the Fire Facts Mickey Mantle USA
 
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
 

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Wore a PIG pin

Topic: When Cops were Pigs

Question

January 17, 2017

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

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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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Correction on Rosa Parks

Topic: Start the Fire Facts

Question

January 2, 2017

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

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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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Citing web page in Modern Language Association (MLA) Style

Topic: Start the Fire Facts

Question

November 8, 2016

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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Mickey Mantle

Topic: Start the Fire Facts

Question

May 29, 2016

1957. Mickey Mantle was MVP for 2nd consecutive year

Joseph - USA

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Answer

Thanks for the info. I updated the page to include this fact about Mantle.

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Similarities in deaths are undeniable

Topic: Lincoln and Kennedy

Question

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

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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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What type of gun was used?

Topic: Lincoln and Kennedy

Question

January 18, 2016

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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What is the history of the Karelian Peninsula?

Topic: Russo-Finnish War

Question

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

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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Kennedy and Lincoln in 1951 movie

Topic: Lincoln and Kennedy

Question

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

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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

Question

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

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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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Both Vice Presidents died 10 years later

Topic: Lincoln and Kennedy

Question

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

26175

Answer

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

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