We Didn't Start the Fire
A Timeline of Events from Billy Joel's Hit Song

This data visualization shows the events occurring in Billy Joel's 1989 hit song, We Didn't Start the Fire. The song lists historically significant figures and events from 1949 to 1989. The song was a No. 1 hit in the US.

Each of the historical references are grouped in to categories such as foreign affairs, sports, and pop culture, among others. This visualization captures the chaos of events that were occurring between 1949 and the mid 1960's, as well as providing a corresponding timeline with descriptions of each event.