Major Events in the Post WWII era (1945-2002)
Objective: The objective of this unit is to familiarize you with the major events and significant people that have shaped the second half of the 20th Century.
Opening Activity: We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel
’49 Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe Dimaggio
’50 Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
’51 Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King and I and The Catcher in Rye
’52 Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new Queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye
Chorus: We didn’t start the fire. It was always burning since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire. No we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it.
’53 Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nassar and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
’54 Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock
’55 Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
’56 Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez
’57 Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai
’58 Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California Baseball
Starkweather, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide
’59 Buddy Holly, Ben Hurr, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel in a no-go
’60 U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo
’61 Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger In A Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs Invasion
’62 Lawrence of Arabia, British Beattlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston Beats Patterson
’63 Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician Sex
JFK, blown away, what else do I have to say
’64- Birth Control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, Punk Rock
(70’s) Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the Airline
Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russian in Afghanistan
( 80’s) Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, Heavy Metal, Suicide
Foreign Debts, Homeless Vets, Aids Crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shore, China’s under martial law,
Rock and Roller Cola Wars, I can’t take it anymore.
Assignment #1 Explain the Song Lyrics (25 points)
With a partner explain the significance of the people and or events in your assigned year.
You will choose your partner and year during class on Wednesday June 6th.
You will explain the events to the class and hand in 1 page minimum written summary.
Make sure to put both partners' names on the assignment.
Assignment # 2 Create your own Lyrics (25 points)
The song "We didn't start the fire" was created in 1989 and therefore doesn't include the last 12 years. With the same assigned partner create a song that shows events that explain the social, political and cultural events from 1990 to the present. You will turn in your song with an explanation of the people and events you choose.
Books available in the classroom and the following websites
Both assignments are due and will be presented to the class.