What inspired the national anthem?

On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore's Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem.

Why did they write the Star Spangled Banner?

This is the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The flag, which flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the 1814 battle at the fort, is a 15-star, 15-stripe garrison flag made in 1813 and loosely woven so that it could fly on a 90-foot flagpole.

Why is it important to sing the national anthem?

The national anthem is about a desperate fight that took place during the War of 1812. The lyrics describe the writers emotions as he watched this battle from the safety of a British warship. On September 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key was on board a British navy ship to negotiate the release of a private citizen.

When did the national anthem become a song?

"The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.
  • What is the name of the national anthem of the United States?

    The name of the United States' national anthem is "The Star-Spangled Banner." It is about the American flag. Francis Scott Key was an American. He wrote the words for "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 1814.
  • When was the Star Spangled Banner?

    In this This Day in History video, the 9/13/1814 writing of the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key is recounted. It was inspired by the British bombing of Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812.
  • How long is the national anthem at the Super Bowl?

    February 04, 2018.
    One of the most popular prop bets ahead of Super Bowl LII pertaining to how long it would take three-time Grammy winner P!nk to sing the national anthem at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The over/under was set to two minutes. Pink hit the under with a performance that was one minute and 53 seconds

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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