Historical Event >> Star Spangled Banner September 14, 1814|
Poet Francis Scott Key watches as British bombs rain down on Baltimore's Fort McHenry. All night long the attack continues, but by "dawn's early light," something incredible happens. As the smoke clears, Key can see that the American flag is still flying above the undefeated fort. He scribbles down a poem that will be set to music. The song will become "The Star Spangled Banner," the national anthem.