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by Ron Kurtus

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Was U2 the plane or the band? Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Heavy metal and suicide are separate subjects Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Correction on Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev Start the Fire Facts Russia
 
Rock and roller cola wars Start the Fire USA
 
Correction on space monkeys Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Scientist who developed the H-Bomb Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Correction needed in history page Start the Fire Facts USA
 
What was the job that he lost in 1831? Failures of Lincoln USA
 
Thinks Kennedy was killed on a Thursday Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
Need to link Lincoln-Kennedy coincidences with solutions Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
Thoughts on "Nixon's back" Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Booth and Oswald were both Masons Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
Thinks "cola wars" about drug use Start the Fire Facts USA
 
Review the facts on similarities Lincoln and Kennedy USA
 
Met Eunice Kennedy while on the train to SB Japanese Attack SB USA
 

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Start the Fire Facts

Was U2 the plane or the band?

March 27, 2015

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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.

- USA (25869)

Answer

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

January 30, 2015

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

- USA (25734)

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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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Start the Fire Facts

Correction on Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

December 12, 2014

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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

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Prokofiev

Vasily - Russia (25639)

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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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Start the Fire

Rock and roller cola wars

September 2, 2014

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx3T8pbDcms.

Katie - USA (25332)

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

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Correction on space monkeys

June 2, 2014

Question

Surely the space monkey reference would have been to Miss Able and Miss Baker, who launched in 1959?

Connie - USA (25019)

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Thanks for pointing that out to me. Able and Miss Baker were the first monkeys to successfully return from a space flight. I added the information for 1959 in We Didn't Start the Fire (Facts).

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Scientist who developed the H-Bomb

April 24, 2014

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The scientist who developed the H-Bomb is Edward Teller, not "William Teller". He was from Hungarian descent.

- USA (24894)

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Goodness, what a silly mistake. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I changed the information.

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Correction needed in history page

February 3, 2014

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Really enjoyed site. Good information but a one inaccuracy that bugs me - insignificant as it may seem. The citation for Harry Truman states the headline read "Dewey Wins!" The headline in the early edition of the Chicago Tribune actually read "Dewey Defeats Truman!" not "Dewey Wins!"

Great site and I really enjoyed it.

L - USA (24489)

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Thanks for pointing that out to me. I updated the page with the correction.

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Failures of Lincoln

What was the job that he lost in 1831?

December 10, 2013

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What was the job that he lost in 1831?

Camille - USA (24310)

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In 1831, 22-year-old Lincoln had moved to New Salem, Illinois and worked doing odd jobs in a general store owned by Denton Offutt. Unfortunately, the business soon failed, and Lincoln lost his job. However, it really happened in the Spring of 1832. That year he also ran for office for the first time and was defeated.

(I'll update the page to correct the date.)

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Thinks Kennedy was killed on a Thursday

November 15, 2013

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Correction: Kennedy was shot on a Thursday, 22 November 1963 not a Friday

- USA (24196)

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I'm sorry, but it was on a Friday. See Assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Need to link Lincoln-Kennedy coincidences with solutions

October 30, 2013

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Debunking the Lincoln-Kennedy coincidences is based on opinion with arguments that divide and trivialize the facts. The set, as it now stands, does not prove they are planned, but they are inviting conjectures whose likely probability is proportional to the quantity of facts. To advance the argument for determinism one must elevate the links to solvable problems, which can be done although the audience for such a presentation would likely approach zero.

Paul - USA (24153)

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Thanks for your analysis.

Although some people might feel there is some sort of determinism in the Lincoln-Kennedy coincidences, I think they should really be looked at as interesting, strange or amusing.

It is said that you could find coincidences and similarities in almost every dramatic event. However, I haven't seen other examples, such as with Lincoln and Kennedy. I'm sure there are other similar cases.

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Thoughts on "Nixon's back"

September 26, 2013

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For "Nixon's Back" I tend to think of Nixon's speech after being defeated by Kennedy in 1960 that "you [the press] wont have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore". Then, a few years later (1968) he was back.

Other than that, I think you captured the issues mentioned very well.

Janet - USA (24054)

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Thanks for the comment. Nixon's statement after losing to Kennedy sounded like sour grapes. Then in 1962, he lost his bid to govern California. Finally, in 1968 he truly was back.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Booth and Oswald were both Masons

August 21, 2013

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Booth and Oswald were both 33rd degree master masons. Lincoln and Kennedy were the only two presidents with no affiliation with freemasonry. Politics and religion had to a lot with the assignation mainly religion the government had connections and did something no one could stop they had the Meir power.

Rudy - USA (23951)

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Although John Wilkes Booth apparently was a 33rd degree Mason, I found nothing indicating the Oswald was a Mason

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Thinks "cola wars" about drug use

June 29, 2013

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Largely you are correct about the historical reference....but you completely missed the mark on the last line; "Rock-and-roller cola wars" was not about Coke v. Pepsi, though that was going on as well. Hollywood is rife with cocaine. In 1979, more cocaine got into this country than ever before. Hollywood was loaded with it, and a lot of good people were lost. The war was between the actors and the substance abuse. My take, anyway. Cheers.

Katie - USA (23817)

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Although it is possible that Billy Joel was referring to a battle between actors and substance abuse, I don't think 1979 was a starting point on drug and cocaine addiction. In fact heroin use had and has been a greater problem. Also, I've never seen any references concerning such a "war" concerning cocaine use. However, it may be possible.

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Lincoln and Kennedy

Review the facts on similarities

May 25, 2013

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You should review the "facts" given on your page, "Similarities Between the Assassinations of Kennedy and Lincoln (1860s and 1960s)", with the information given on the page at snopes.

Go to Snopes dot com and search for Lincoln Kennedy. You will see at the top an entry titled, "Lincoln and Kennedy Coincidences"

Don - USA (23718)

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The Snopes article did not invalidate any of the similarities in the list. In fact, the author admitted they were true. However, he did question and analyze the value of the similarities, showing that many were insignificant. For example, the fact that both were elected 100 years apart and had seven letters in their names really doesn't mean much.

The whole list of similarities certainly is interesting and even entertaining, but they really have no serious significance. Also, there are no mystical forces behind the coincidences.

The only thing I have to say to the author who spent so much time analyzing the list is: "Get a life!"

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Met Eunice Kennedy while on the train to SB

February 8, 2013

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Thank you for the article. I happened to be on a blacked-out Pacific coastal train on that particular night. Just after pulling out of Santa Barbara, heading north, the train came to a dead stop for about four hours. During the unexplained wait, I struck up a lengthy, delightful conversation with a chance fellow passenger who told me her name was Eunice Kennedy, that she too was attending Stanford University, that she had a number of brothers, and that her father had been the U.S.Ambassador to England. It was a few days later that the reason for the stoppage was revealed.

Emery - USA (23189)

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Thanks for sharing your experience. I am sure that it was not only interesting to find out about the reason the train was stopped but also to meet Eunice Kennedy. Little did you know at the time that her brother would become president.

It's good to have some old memories like that.

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