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We Didn't Start The Fire

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1: We Didn't Start The Fire | This Mixbook is about the first seven topics of the song "We Didn't Start The Fire", a famous song talking about different things that happened after WWII. I would like to dedicate this to the writer and singer of this song, Billy Joel. I hope you enjoy it.

2: Harry Truman | Harry Truman became the vice president on April 12th, 1945 when after three months before his fourth term, President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away. After that, Harry Truman was inaugurated as the 33rd president of the United States of America. President Truman had only met with Franklin D. Roosevelt a couple of times. Since Truman knew nothing of the A-bomb, they had to inform him of everything that was going on that the people of the world didn't know about. Harry Truman knew nothing of the A-bomb, or anything that had to do with it, except for what was happening between the US and Japan. Harry Truman had to decide on sending the bomb to Hiroshima. Once they did, many people died from the nuclear bomb. After the bomb Japan surrendered, even though it is a sort of tradition not to ever surrender, to die fighting. Japan surrendered because if they didn't they would get bombed again. Harry Truman was president twice before his presidency term ended.

4: Doris Day | Doris Day was a successful singer and actress. She has starred in thirty-nine films, recorded more than six-hundred and fifty songs, and received an Academy Award nomination, won a Golden Globe Award and a Grammy Award. Her Real name is Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, but Day is her stage name. Her career started when she became a part of a band while she was a teenager. Her true career started after she was in a dancing duo with another person, until a car accident prevented her from dancing for a while, so she started practicing and at 17 she started singing publicly. She started to sing in front of many people, which got her recognition and a bit of fame. Once her career really set off, she sang many hit songs like “Its Magic” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, and acted in her first movie "Romance on The High Seas". Doris Day was also an animal rights activist. They named a foundation after her called “The Doris Day Animal Foundation”, which wanted to stop killing animals in a pound. To 2009 Doris Day was the top ranked box office female singer of all time.

5: Red China | When it says “Red China”, it refers to the Red Troops in China. When it says red, it means communism. Back in 1949 communism was China's biggest problem. They had communist politicians and the people detested the thought of being a communist country. The Red Army started when Mao Zedong led his followers into the mountains in the Hunan-Jiangxi border. They say that the Red Army had some very bad weapons. They used bamboo spikes the majority of the time and guns were very unlikely for a soldier to have. Mao seemed like a very strong and honorable man with their Six Principles of the Red Army: -Put back all doors when you leave a house -Rice-stalk mattresses must all be bundled up again and returned Be polite. Help people when you can. -Give back everything you borrow, even if its only a needle. -Pay for all things broken, even if only a chopstick. -Don't help yourself or search for things when people are not in their houses. The communist party is still there back in China today.

6: Johnnie Ray was a famous piano player, song writer and singer. His real full name is John Alvin Ray. At the age of 13 he was mostly deaf when a straw when into his left ear. He did not tell his parents, but that became a problem later in his life. Many people said he loved to play the piano when he was little. Once he started playing in front of crowds his career was public. He was a teen idol, with nicknames “Mr. Emotion", "The Nabob of Sob", and "The Prince of Wails", and other nicknames. He sang many famous songs like "Please Mr. Sun", "Walkin' My Baby Back Home", "A Sinner Am I", "Such a Night", and "Yes Tonight Josephine". His sort of traditional pop twist to his music got him recognized by many people. And one song, "The Little White Cloud That Cried" sold more than two million copies. He married Marilyn Morrison in 1952.

7: South Pacific | “South Pacific” was a very famous Broadway musical in 1949. It was produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein. They were very famous musical writers back then. “South Pacific” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for Drama. Many people enjoyed the musical on Broadway. It was like the “Titanic” of its era. It was the only musical ever to win all four Tony Awards for acting. A U.S. tour ran for five years in 118 cities from April of 1950 through March of 1955. It starred many famous actors or just famous people from different places. In 2008 some people wanted to bring back the musical. They announced it for April and then showed it in theaters. It won five Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical Revival and garnered 11 Tony nominations, including best revival, director, choreographer, all four acting categories and all four design categories. Many people have made their own versions of the musical, most in different languages. “South Pacific” was a success.

8: Walter Winchell | Walter Winchell was a newspaper and radio commentator. When he began his career he was into journalism. Once his name was getting around he started to work for “The New York Daily Mirror”. That was when he started commentating and writing. A good Winchell quote is: "I usually get my stuff from people who promised somebody else that they would keep it a secret”. He was read by 50 million people a day for 40 years. People especially liked him for the type of slang he would use when speaking on a radio show. People called the things that he said “Whinchellism and Whinchellese”. Walter Winchell starred in a couple of movies. He was a very well known person in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. He also commented when president Dwight D. Eisenhower was being inaugurated. Walter Winchell had the highest rated talk show in 1948. On Sunday nights his broadcast was heard by over 20 million people.

9: In 1949, a very famous baseball player, Joe DiMaggio set many records in baseball, received three MVP awards, and led his team to nine World Series Titles in 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1950, and 1951. He was also a 13 time All-Star. His father and his two brothers were also baseball players in the MLB. Joe DiMaggio was married to Dorothy Arnold, but that didn't work out so then he married Marilyn Monroe, which also ended up in divorce. He played as a center fielder and a big hitter. He had a 56-game hitting streak, a record which is still unbeaten to this day. He led the New York Yankees to nine world championships. He had nicknames like “The Yankee Clipper” and “Joltin’ Joe”. To this day he is the only player to be selected for the All-Star game in every season he played. He had the fifth most home runs in his career, and has the sixth highest hitting percentage. | Joe DiMaggio

10: Information Bibliography Joe DiMaggio." The Official Site of Joe DiMaggio. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. . Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. . "EBSCO Publishing Service Selection Page." EBSCOhost - Worlds Foremost Premium Research Database Service. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. . "Joe DiMaggio Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com." Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Baseball Statistics and History. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. . "Johnnie Ray Biography." Johnnie Ray International Fan Site..johnnieray.com. Web. 08 Apr. 2010. . "South Pacific (1958)." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 08 Apr. 2010. .

11: Pictures Bibliography Harry Truman http://lit100.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/harry-truman.jpg Doris Day http://redriverautographs.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/039_69070doris-day-posters-7421491.jpg Red China http://www.cpradr.org/Portals/0/istock%20photos/istock%20photos%20resized/RedChinaFlagMedium.RESIZED.jpg Johnnie Ray http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_NE-72ZXux-g/SWThcyS5-fI/AAAAAAAAHmw/9kojeAxzNjo/s400/JohnnieRayNoBusinesstrailer.jpg South Pacific http://www.teachwithmovies.org/guides/south-pacific-DVDcover.jpg Walter Winchell http://www.findagrave.com/photos/2006/111/1116_114576038551.jpg Joe DiMaggio http://mentalfloss.cachefly.net/quiz/uploads/1242259607772.jpg

12: Quiz 1.Which number president was Harry Truman? 2.How many movies did Doris Day star in? 3.Who led his followers into the mountains in the Hunan-Jiangxi border? 4.A straw went into which of Johnnie Ray's ears? 5.When did “South Pacific” win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama? 6.When did Walter Winchell have the highest rated talk show? 7.Name one of Joe DiMaggio’s nicknames.

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