WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE

FROM A TO Z

On September 27, 1989, the iconic song by Billy Joel,  We Didn’t Start the Fire hit the airwaves.  It was a history lesson set to music.  When you first heard the song, did you know or remember all the people places, things and events mentioned in the lyrics?  I sure didn’t.  Back in 1989 before the internet was something everyone had access to, my boyfriend (now husband) and I headed to the local public library and looked up all the historical references.  This month, for the A to Z Challenge, I am writing about that history.

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
Today is brought to you by the letter I.  Billy Joel didn’t mention anything that began with the letter I so I made do.
1952 IKE
The United States presidential election of 1952 was that nation’s 42nd quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 4, 1952. Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower was the landslide winner, ending a string of Democratic wins that stretched back to 1932. He carried the Republican Party (GOP) to narrow control of the House and Senate. During this time, Cold War tension between the United States and the Soviet Union was at a high level, as was fear of communism in the US, epitomized by the campaign of McCarthyism. Foreign policy was a main issue in the race for the Republican nomination. The nation was polarized over the stalemated Korean War, and the extent of corruption in the federal government became a major issue as well. The economy was prosperous and economic and social issues played little role in the campaign

Dwight D. Eisenhower is first elected as U.S. president, winning by a landslide margin of 442 to 89 electoral votes. His opponent was Adlai Stevenson

United States presidential election, 1952
United States


November 4, 1952

All 531 electoral votes of the Electoral College
266 electoral votes needed to win

Turnout 63.3% Increase 10.3 pp
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Nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower Adlai Stevenson
Party Republican Democratic
Home state New York Illinois
Running mate Richard Nixon John Sparkman
Electoral vote 442 89
States carried 39 9
Popular vote 34,075,529 27,375,090
Percentage 55.2% 44.3%

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Presidential election results map. Red denotes states won by Eisenhower/Nixon, blue denotes those won by Stevenson/Sparkman. Numbers indicate the number of electoral votes allotted to each state.

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11 responses

  1. Your theme is so much fun. I’m enjoying it (and hearing the song in my head while I read, too =) )

    Intruder

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  2. Arlee Bird says:

    I remember Ike, but at the time I didn’t quite understand who he was and why I’d see his image in so many places. I guess I started to grasp who he was from the Weekly Readers we got at school.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    • OMG Weekly Readers. Haven’t thought about them in years. I didn’t start school until the late 60s but the Weekly Reader was still a part of the curriculum. Thanks for reading.

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  3. Shirley Corder says:

    Thanks for some American history. I know little about it as I live in S.Africa. Build A Better Blog: I is for Interesting Images. #AtoZchallenge.

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  4. Liam says:

    That electoral map sure has changed over time!

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  5. Pat Holloway says:

    I remember when I was very young, watching Ike on the television. I thought he was powerful and a bit scary.

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  6. Birgit says:

    Well, he won by a landslide didn’t he?? He seemed to be so part of the 50’s and that conservative style. I remember my dad saying there was a little Ike in every town I. Europe that he was in:)

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