Why are Doris Day and China's Under Martial Law in Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start the Fire' song?

I need to do a report on that China's Under Martial Law and Doris Day and I dont really know what Doris Day did or what happened with China's Under Martial Law. I need help please!!! This is due tomrrow!! PLEASEE HELPP MEE!!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Doris Day

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    For other persons named Doris Day, see Doris Day (disambiguation).

    Doris Day

    Born Doris Mary Anne von Kappelhoff

    April 3, 1924 (1924-04-03) (age 85)

    Cincinnati, Ohio


    Tiananmen Square protests of 1989

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    Tiananmen Square protests of 1989

    The Unknown Rebel — This famous photo, taken on 5 June 1989 by photographer Jeff Widener, depicts an unknown man halting the PLA's advancing tanks near Tiananmen Square.

    Chinese: 六四事件

    Literal meaning: June Fourth Incident



    - Hanyu Pinyin: Liù-Sì Shìjiàn

    alternative Chinese name

    Traditional Chinese: 天安門事件

    Simplified Chinese: 天安门事件

    Literal meaning: Tiananmen Incident



    - Hanyu Pinyin: Tiān'ānmén Shìjiàn

    The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 culminating in the Tiananmen Square Massacre (referred to in Chinese as the June Fourth Incident, to avoid confusion with two other Tiananmen Square protests) were a series of demonstrations in and near Tiananmen Square in Beijing in the People's Republic of China (PRC) beginning on April 14. Led mainly by students and intellectuals, the protests occurred in a year that saw the collapse of a number of communist governments around the world.

    The protests were sparked by the death of pro-market and pro-democracy official, Hu Yaobang, whom protesters wanted to mourn. By the eve of Hu's funeral, it had reached 100,000 people on the Tiananmen square. While the protests lacked a unified cause or leadership, participants were generally against the government's authoritarianism and voiced calls for economic change [1][2] and democratic reform[2] within the structure of the government. The demonstrations centered on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, but large-scale protests also occurred in cities throughout China, including Shanghai, which stayed peaceful throughout the protests.

    The movement lasted seven weeks from Hu's death on 15 April until tanks cleared Tiananmen Square on 4 June. In Beijing, the resulting military response to the protesters by the PRC government left many civilians dead or injured. The official death toll according to the Chinese government was 200 to 300, but Chinese student associations and the Chinese Red Cross reported 2,000 to 3,000 deaths[3].

    Following the violence, the government conducted widespread arrests to suppress protesters and their supporters, cracked down on other protests around China, banned the foreign press from the country and strictly controlled coverage of the events in the PRC press. Members of the Party who had publicly sympathized with the protesters were purged, with several high-ranking members placed under house arrest, such as General Secretary Zhao Ziyang. The violent suppression of the Tiananmen Square protest caused widespread international condemnation of the PRC government.[2]

    Occupation Actress, Singer

    Years active 1939-1986

    Spouse(s) Al Jorden (1941-1943) (divorced)

    George Weidler (1946-1949) (divorced)

    Martin Melcher (1951-1968) (his death)

    Barry Comden (1976-1981) (divorced)

    [Doris Day Animal Foundation Official website]

    Doris Mary Anne von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1924) Able to sing, dance, and play comedy and dramatic roles, she became one of the biggest box-office stars. Day has 39 films to her credit, over 75 hours of television and as one of the most prolific recording artists in history, has recorded over 650 songs. She is an Academy Award nominee, as well as a Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner. She is currently the top ranking female box-office star of all time according to the annual Quigley Publishing poll's "All-Time Number One Stars" list, ranking #6 of the top ten of mostly male stars (the only other female on the list is Shirley Temple.)[1]

    Day now lives on an 11-acre (45,000 m2) ranch near Carmel, California and now uses the name Clara Kappelhoff.[2] Clara is a nickname originally given to her by her Tea for Two co-star Billy De Wolfe, and close friends have called her that.[3][4]

    Hope this helps, you see there's a lot of fire out there! ~ : (

  • 1 decade ago

    If I remember right, Billy Joel wrote the lyrics to this song as significant events that happened during his life. I believe they relate in someway or another to significant cultural icons and events in his life. Just look up either analyses of the song or the actual people/events themselves.

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