14 Sept 1814 — Baltimore, Maryland
While witnessing the shelling of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner, the future national anthem of the United States. It became a well known patriotic song, first to be commissioned by the navy in 1889, finally to be formally ratified as the national anthem in 1931 by President Herbert Hoover. Key was a 35 year old amateur poet, whose poem was put to the tune of a popular British song. The anthem also alluded to the success of American success against the British in the War of 1812.
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