Today in History
September 17, 1814
Washington lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key has broadside copies made of his poem entitled "Defence of Fort McHenry," his account of the British bombardment of the Baltimore fort and the victorious American defense signaled by the waving garrison flag on September 13-14. 1914. The poem, set to the tune of an 18th-century British drinking song, quickly becomes popular and is renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner." Congress declares it the American national anthem on March 3, 1931.
Today's Feature History Article
The Washington lawyer was an unlikely candidate to write the national anthem; he was against America’s entry into the War of 1812 from the outset
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