September 14, 1814 - The Star Spangled Banner

On this day nearly 200 years ago, the lyrics to arguably the most recognizable anthem on the planet, The Star Spangled Banner, were written. The lyrics to the anthem were written by Francis Scott Key after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812.

The anthem is sung before every professional North American sports game as well as orchestral concerts within the United States. The most famous renditoin of the anthem was done by Whitney Houston, who's remake of the National Anthem became a top 20 hit in the United States, making her the only musician to turn the national anthem into a pop hit.


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