On this day in 1814 Francis Scott Key wrote a poem titled “Defence of Fort McHenry” The poem would later be used as the lyrics for “The Star Spangled Banner” the National Anthem of the United States of America.
Francis Scott Key was an author, lawyer and amateur poet. He wrote the poem while watching the “Battle of Baltimore” during the night of September 12-13th, 1814. The poem was published a week later.
The song was adopted as the National Anthem in 1916 by executive order of POTUS Woodrow Wilson and then in 1931 by Congressional resolution and signed by POTUS Herbert Hoover. I would have to say it is the song I’ve heard the most in my life, due to the fact I am a sports fan. Personally, I would vote for Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” as the National Anthem. My favourite version of the National Anthem is easily- Marvin Gaye 1983 NBA All-Star Game.